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 2013 - 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?