“Let’s change the Gender Agenda in the workforce, let’s actively promote gender equality and work to empower women and girls.”
This was the overarching theme of the 6th Gender Mainstreaming Awards, an event that celebrates women who stand for a principle and are prepared to face the challenges that come along with it. It fixates on diversified leadership and the idea of bringing women into power, to have women amplify their voices. The tide may finally be beginning to turn for women on the boards of South Africa’s JSE listed companies; some companies have reached a gender parity or are close to it for all practical purposes. However, according to research, 32 companies that were subject to research do not have a single female board member.
Many industries, such as construction and legal fraternities, are still male-dominated and still remain challenging for women to penetrate force. The Gender Mainstreaming Awards were developed by Business Engage and naming sponsor PWC to recognise good practice in the adoption of gender mainstreaming in South Africa. Secondary sponsors of the event were Brand South Africa and Maserati.
Some of the award winners were:
Barloworld Equipment were overall winners of the Women on Boards award and Women Empowerment In The Workplace as a JSE listed company.
Vodacom Group, a JSE listed company, and T-Systems SA, a non-JSE listed company, were the overall winners of Investing In Young Women Award.
Standard Charted Bank scooped the award for Empowerment of Women In The Community Award
EY was the overall winner for the Economic Empowerment award.
Schoeman Law Inc won the award for the Women Empowerment In The Workplace as a non listed JSE company.
Some finalist companies included De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd; Absa Africa Technology; AngloGold Ashanti; PPC Ltd; Cummins Africa Middle East; Thomas Reuters Markets SA Ltd; Wesbank; Ancora Property Group; Nkgwete IT Solutions and Schoeman Law Inc