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1 CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP MEETING - WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP & BMO SERVICES - South Africa, March The strength of networking & benchmarking!

2 Bridging the Global Gender Gap Economy Education Health Politics (Source: World Economic Forum Rating) Family & Tradition

3 CTS & Private Sector Development Center Developing infrastructure for private business Introducing Gender issues and WEE? How?

4 The role of business member organisations Policy Advocacy on local, national & international level Meeting places, local and international networking Member services Independent third party

5 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

6  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

7  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?

8  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?

9 PROVIDING ROLEMODELS FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION

10 Don’t forget the Men!

11 PROVIDING ROLEMODELS FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION Don’t forget the Boys! THANK YOU!


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