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Masego Mokgohloa

Masego Mokgohloa          

Technology Learning Adviser, FCO - South Africa

Years in Public Service: 10 months 

My grandmother/mother was a…

My late grandmother was my great source of inspiration and made me appreciate every opportunity that I was granted, starting with having the chance to finished my matric. She grew up in a time when girls were encouraged to go to school up to grade 7, if they were lucky and after that they were taught house chores and would go and become a farm worker or a domestic worker. My grandmother got married at a young age and became a housewife. Growing up my grandmother would always tell me stories about her childhood, how she was the smartest student in her class and how she would’ve made different choices about her life if she was born in my time. She would always assist me with my home-work and we would talk about what she would be doing if she was young again, in a time where women have rights and access to opportunities. She always made me appreciate being born in a time where I could choose to go to school and get a qualification.

The most liberating moment of my life was when I got my driver’s license and I bought my first car. My memory of the day is that of my grandmother, with tears filling her eyes as she recalled her dream to one day own and drive a car, a dream that was not possible for her when she was of age because women were not allowed to own property or a car. 

Me in a paragraph

I was born in Soweto a large township that was home to some of South Africa’s struggle heroes such as Winnie Mandela. In my younger years my family relocated to a newly developed suburb in the east of Johannesburg. I am the eldest of two children and come from a supportive matriarchal family. I’ve been a pescatarian for over 15 years. My interests include attending poetry sessions, watching theatre plays and hiking.

I have over 13 years’ experience in learning and development across various industries including Banking, Telecommunication and Technology. I am passionate about People Development and Transformation.

I enjoy a good laugh.

My role

Helping staff get the most from existing technology in the Africa region. Ensuring high quality and effective Technology learning & Development is available to everyone within the FCO and across PAGs. Supporting the use of new technology available to staff with Tech Overhaul.

If I had a magic wand, what I would do to accelerate gender equality?

There is still a lot of work to be done. The important steps which still need to be achieved would be to hire the right people to strategically drive the development programmes for girls. Ensure that there is equal political representation and economic equity around the world, making sure that women get fair pay for their work.

Anything else you’d like to say

"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself.  It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance" - Kofi Annan

5 comments

  1. Comment by Kwame Crane posted on

    Absolutely fascinating reading your story Sego... Glad the influence of your gran can be seen in your competence, personal drive and people skills.

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  2. Comment by Loice A posted on

    Thanks Masego for sharing your story....quite inspirational

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  3. Comment by Masego Mokgohloa posted on

    Thank you, Kwame and Loice.

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  4. Comment by Ankur posted on

    Very enlightening and a fascinating read. Thanks for sharing Masego

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  5. Comment by Charu Batra posted on

    Thank you for sharing your story, Masego! Fills the heart with an inspiring hope for a humane future. I was reminded of Maya Anglou's quote - Nothing will work if we don't! To keeping at it ... one story at a time 🙂

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