WOMEN need to unite.

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WOMEN need to unite, claim their rights and take action at home, at the office and within their communities, says firebrand PAC stalwart Patricia de Lille.
WOMEN need to unite, claim their rights and take action at home, at the office and within their communities, says firebrand PAC stalwart Patricia de Lille.
 
Only then will they make a significant impact on the industry and society in general, she said, discussing the role of women as leaders at the second gathering of the local chapter of the Women's Property Network at Broll's offices recently.
 
The event attracted over 50
 
of the industry's leading property representatives.
 
De Lille's advice lived up to the description of her by Women's Property Network committee member Lisa Blane. She touched on traditional leadership qualities such as respect, honesty and not being afraid to speak out. But her overall suggestion was that they choose the hard road, but make sure their opponents have a rougher ride.
 
And she was adamant that the fight women in senior positions in property had on their hands was not against their male counterparts, but was a struggle with themselves.
 
While the Cape Town chapter of the Women's Property Network is still in its infancy, the Johannesburg group has already shown its mettle by organising a fund-raising masquerade ball that raised R85 000 for a local charity, Noah (Nurturing Orphans of Aids for Humanity) earlier this year.
 
Another issue De Lille felt she would be failing in her duty if she did not raise was the impact of HIV and Aids on the future productivity and profitability of local business. Again she stressed the need to move away from the them-and-us syndrome.
 
In closing, Broll's Tirzah Neimann highlighted De Lille's reference to professional development by referring to the recent launch of the Broll Property Academy.
 
This Sector Education and Training Authority-approved initiative, a first for the commercial property industry, has at its core the upliftment of those previously barred from advancement in the sector.
 
More than half the delegates at the academy's inaugural course were women, which reinforces the Women's Property Network stance that while women in property are in the minority at present, this is set to change.
 
Further info on the Women's Property Network can be obtained from Di Rhynes on 021 794 2602.

Publisher: Weekend Argus
Source: Weekend Argus

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