Gender inequality in the workplace is a challenge for South Africa and the world at large. This phenomenon affects both males and females, however opportunities for women in the workplace is still a contentious issue. The South African labour market is not moving forward in terms of gender equality; despite the considerable progress in legislation that has been made towards achieving gender equity in the workplace.
On the most recent WEF Global Competitiveness Report, South Africa ranks 72nd out of 137 countries in terms of the ratio of women compared to men in the labour force. This is far lower than other African countries such as Ghana (7), Botswana (21) and Kenya (52). When it comes to leadership opportunities for women, South Africa’s ranking on the Global Talent Competitiveness Report dropped from 47th in 2017 to 60th in 2018.
To improve our country’s talent competitiveness it’s imperative to address issues such as equal pay for equal work, sexual harassment and leadership opportunities for women. This half-day seminar encouraged a discussion around ways in which organisations can deal with and curb gender inequality in the workplace.