Do you know what’s happening on the front lines of developing talent and sustainability for women and girls globally in STEM fields? Watch the recording below of our latest livestream where WomHub Project Manager Atupele Phiri interviews Shahila Perumalpillai, Head of Equity and Inclusion at De Beers Group, to discover special insight and an exciting opportunity!
Shahila’s background spans social anthropology and development, social impact management, community development, skills development, livelihood development, and the inclusion and diversity space. She shares that De Beers Group wants to deliver equal opportunity for everyone and as part of that achieve gender parity across their workforce and in leadership. For that to happen requires investing in pipeline and in talent, not just for the organization, but more widely to support economic development and the green transition in a way that benefits many.
Through our non-profit subsidiary WomEng, WomHub is honoured to have partnered with De Beers Group for the past 3 years, and to have recently extended this partnership for a further 3 years. We’re excited that this extension will see our programmes expanded beyond Southern Africa to reach students in Canada and the UK, as well as beyond university courses to include vocational and skilled trades. In the meantime, as Atupele and Shahila share, we’re delighted to have opened applications to our WomEng Southern Africa Fellowship 2022 programme.
Powered by De Beers Group, this develops leadership, innovation, well-being and employability skills required by young graduates to succeed in the engineering industry and beyond. Take a look below to learn all about the programme and visit www.womeng.org to find out more and apply:
Shahila also shares the forward thinking, wholistic approach of De Beers Group’s “Building Forever” framework, which includes four pillars, namely leading equitable practices across the industry, partnering for thriving communities, protecting the natural world, and accelerating equal opportunity. She highlights the incredible experimentation and learning that has been achieved through the Southern Africa Fellowship programme, pivoting from in person to virtual content, in a way that retains such a high level of engagement, while emphasizing how important wellness and connections are to people, and having the community aspect of the Fellowship.
Community is a big part of growth for us all, and a strong focus for us at WomHub, which is what inspired our livestream series. Please join us for our next session from 19h00 - 19h30 (GMT + 2) on Tuesday 2 August 2022, when we’ll be talking about “Owning Your Voice”, on our WomHub Facebook page, LinkedIn profile, and YouTube channel. We’d love for you to engage with us!