Gender women, one in five local businesses

Gender inequality is the idea and situation that women and men are not equal. It refers to unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals wholly or partly due to their gender. Today, gender inequality is still a big issue all over the world particularly in South Africa. In South African corporate sector, women are the most affected by it. The number of female leaders in South African companies is still very low despite the effort for gender transformation in senior position at companies. Although almost one third (29%) of senior roles in South Africa are now filled by women, one in five local businesses (20%) still have no women at all in senior positions.
The issue of women being highly underrepresented in senior position in both public and private sector is not new. There are barriers that women have to face when they want to get to the top level position even if they have the achievements or qualifications and other characteristics that are job-relevant such as experience, education, and abilities.
The following are some of the reasons that contribute to the under-representation of women in the South African corporate sector and the ways or solution on how to address its occurrence in South African industry.
1. Negative experience (disrespectful behaviour) such as sexual harassment and lack of inclusion are amongst others discouraging factors to women’s career advancement particularly for those in junior and middle management position.


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