It sounds like the plot of the latest science fiction movie on Netflix; women disappearing from workplaces around the country. Despite the fact that the number of women entering the workforce is equal to the number of men – only 29% of senior roles in South Africa are held by women. Statistics show that there are equal numbers of professional women at entry level and junior and middle management level in South African organisations and, in some cases, more women than men are working at lower levels – and yet something is happening to prevent these women from getting to the top.With just one woman in the ANC top six, President Cyril Ramaphosa has come under fire for not appointing more women to Cabinet positions. Meanwhile, in corporate South Africa, only 29% of senior positions in business are held by women according to the 2018 Grant Thornton Women in Business report. The good news is that 80% of organisations in South Africa now have at least one woman at the highest level, but the bad news is that it really is just one or two women taking their seat at those boardroom tables in each instance.“Women seem to ‘disappear’ when… Read full this story
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