Levelling the playing field for student women, and graduates, will be a priority for the next three years in Phase Two of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme at all 26 public universities of South Africa. This was emphasised by two of the opening speakers at the EDHE Phase Two virtual kick-off on Wednesday.

Welcoming participants to the event, Universities South Africa’s CEO, Professor Ahmed Bawa, said that women were under-represented despite the fact that they make up the majority of both students and graduates.

The EDHE Director, Dr Norah Clarke (left), echoed this sentiment as she announced the start of the Student Women Economic Empowerment Programme (SWEEP), a special programme designed to address the issue.