Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) is the largest association
of business and professional women in the country committed to inspiring
and developing businesswomen through research, awards, bursaries,
seminars, events, and training programmes. The BWA believes that
gender transformation and equal representation of women in leadership
positions is not only a key business imperative but also a moral
obligation. It just makes good business sense.
This year’s Census
has profiled a selection of great South African and International
Leaders. Their journey and ‘words of wisdom’ have inspired
us. We have no doubt readers are going to benefit directly from
In addition to this, the chapters within this report are as follows:
Chapter 1 provides Key
Findings, which highlight some interesting trends with respect to
gender parity. The 34 Top Performing Companies and the absolute
number and percentage of Directors and Executive Managers within
them are outlined, followed by a discussion of the strategies utilised
by them for success.
Chapter 2 includes a
full analysis of Director and Executive Manager representation within
the 273 JSE-listed organisations and the largest 20 SOEs. This includes,
amongst others, an outline of companies with 50.0% or more women
Directors on their Boards, the average number of Boards served on
by women Directors, and the racial composition of women Directors.
An analysis and discussion of the number and percentage of women
Executive Managers, is provided. Finally, Director and Executive
Manager representation across Industry Sectors is listed.
Chapter 3 outlines global
views on transformation and the current representation of women
Directors in various countries. South Africa’s progress towards
gender parity on Director and Executive Manager level and that of
other BRICS countries is compared. Finally a discussion of global
views on the implementation of quota systems is documented.
Chapter 4 highlights
the translation of relevant legislation into equal outcomes for
women. Various legislation including the South African Constitution,
the Bill of Rights, the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act,
the Employment Equity Act, the Labour Relations, the Basic Conditions
of Employment Act, and the Skills Development Act are referred to
as they relate to gender transformation and the progress of women
to senior leadership positions.
Chapter 5 provides a
survey of the representation of women in Top Management positions
within the 20 largest SOEs as well as an additional 87 smaller SOEs.
This includes a survey of women Directors, CEO’s, Executive
Management, and Council or Committee Members.
Chapter 6 refers to
gender transformation within the various departments within the
Public Service. More specifically, women representation in Senior
Management positions (classified as levels 13 to 16) as defined
by the Department of Public Service Administration (DPSA) is reviewed.
Chapter 7 provides an
overview of women in Leadership, with specific focus on gender transformation
and parity within senior positions in Higher Education across the
26 public universities. Gender transformation and parity within
various organisations in the Health Sector is detailed.
Chapter 8 outlines the
shared success stories, lessons learnt and challenges faced by selected
entrepreneurs across a wide range of sectors including agriculture,
catering, accommodation, construction, electricity, gas and water
services, finance, business support services, manufacturing, transport,
storage, communication and wholesale trade.
Chapters 9 and 10 present
a conclusion of the overall research and report, and outlines the
Background, Methodology and Appendices.
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