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OPINION LETTER: Women left out of policy

Business Live / 05 OCTOBER 2017 - 05:30 / Ncumisa Lilitha Vabaza

I have tried to understand what drives the rhetoric of radical economic transformation. My own understanding is that it is a genuine initiative to transform the economy to the benefit of the majority in SA.

The last time I checked the population statistics indicated that women are in the majority in this country, yet radical economic transformation is conspicuously silent on the issue of women economic empowerment.

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The latest research shows that women are underrepresented in the ownership and management control of JSE-listed companies. In fact, ownership patterns across the private sector indicate that less than 30% of women are owners of businesses.

It is time empowerment policies that sound politically correct, such as broad-based black economic empowerment and radical economic transformation, take women more seriously.

International research has shown that companies that introduce gender diversity in their boards perform at a higher level.

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LINK - https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/letters/2017-10-05-letter-women-left-out-of-policy/

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