Presentation on theme: "CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP MEETING - WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP & BMO SERVICES - South Africa, March 2013 - The strength of networking & benchmarking!"— Presentation transcript:
CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP MEETING - WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP & BMO SERVICES - South Africa, March The strength of networking & benchmarking!
Bridging the Global Gender Gap Economy Education Health Politics (Source: World Economic Forum Rating) Family & Tradition
CTS & Private Sector Development Center Developing infrastructure for private business Introducing Gender issues and WEE? How?
The role of business member organisations Policy Advocacy on local, national & international level Meeting places, local and international networking Member services Independent third party
Bridging the Global Gender Gap WHAT CAN BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS DO? Focus on relevent policy advocacy issues: Human rights issues & legal inequalities Unequal access to education & jobs Unequal access to capital Legal & structural obstacles like taxsystem, inheritance laws Influence Member Companies & Business to work pro-actively : Reducing wage gaps – measure, set goals & benchmark Supporting women through the ”glass ceiling” Supporting women to balance family, traditions and work Adapt working conditions & infrastructure Putting women health issues in focus
Business, Gov’t, Media - Increase numbers of female leaders and visibility of women Business & Gov’t - Empowerment programs and professional training – e.g. local resource centers Business - More women networks in chambers and other business organisations Business - Mentorship programs for women BRIDGING THE GLOBAL GENDER GAP HOW? Role Models Support Systems
Gov’t & Business - Provide support systems enabling both women and men to work – e.g. childcare, adjusting school hours to work hours. Gov’t & Business - Planning infrastructure & transportation to suite women’s mobility - public transportation, ICT, allocation of industrial zones, flexibility at work places, working from home Gov’t - Remove discriminatory structures – participation in political and business sphere, taxation, the right to own property & wealth etc. BRIDGING THE GLOBAL GENDER GAP HOW?
Family - Access to paid work & more equal division of unpaid work Family - Recognize how social and family life can play a disruptive and constructive role – family/career, production/reproduction, quality of life etc. BRIDGING THE GLOBAL GENDER GAP HOW?
PROVIDING ROLEMODELS FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION
Don’t forget the Men!
PROVIDING ROLEMODELS FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION Don’t forget the Boys! THANK YOU!