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Tuesday, March 10 2020 - 06:56
ESMO Supports Women in South Africa to Become Autonomous Workers
LUGANO, Switzerland, March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

On the occasion of International Women's Day, ESMO affirmed its commitment 
towards "An equal world is an enabled world", through the partnership with 
Township Patterns for the sustainable production of congress bags for its 
meetings, helping women in townships around Cape Town to become autonomous 
workers by running sewing cooperatives.

"Gender equality is a social responsibility: everyone can take an active part 
toward its achievement," said ESMO President Solange Peters. "As a professional 
society, we are at the forefront to address inequalities among female 
oncologists, and our activities are fueled by strongly believing in empowering 
women across every discipline and industry sector. Sometimes we just do not 
realise that every little action we take, such as selecting the right partner 
for producing gadgetry at meetings, may have an impact on global 
sustainability, and I am proud that ESMO is making wise choices in this 

By commissioning over 20,000 bags since 2017, ESMO has actively contributed to 
empowering 30 women across four cooperatives within Township Patterns' 
network.  Cooperative chairlady Asakhe Sisilana said, "In the cooperative, we 
are able to support each other by saving money collectively as well as creating 
a fund for difficult times. Also, the work has helped us to fix our homes and 
get ready for wintertime to make sure our families are dry and warm. With a 
steady job, the ladies are in control of their money and that is powerful."

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ESMO is the leading professional organisation for medical oncology. With more 
than 25,000 members representing oncology professionals from over 160 countries 
worldwide, ESMO is the society of reference for oncology education and 

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Source:  European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)