Category Archives: Women

Why is ‘being beautiful’ still the dominant measure for women?

A few years ago, there was an upheaval in the media about the new girlfriend of a famous sportsman.  The reason for her vilification in the press was simply that she wasn’t good looking enough – because, after all, the … Continue reading

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Women’s Day Celebration

The 9th August is designated ‘Women’s Day’ in South Africa.  Even more significantly, for several years now, the entire month of August has been deemed ‘Women’s Month’. There’s a powerful reason why the holiday came about.  It commemorates the march … Continue reading

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Outrage over the panel of men at the Global Summit of Women!

The picture to the right seems relatively benign doesn’t it?  But it has drawn a storm of outrage from women across the globe, being re-tweeted endlessly with angry captions such as: “A picture speaks a thousand words”, and “mansplaining”.  To … Continue reading

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Putting women into top positions won’t happen without changing the culture of the organization

For gender balancing to work, nothing less than a complete change in the culture of an organisation is required.  This is the reason all gender experts advocate that the CEO needs to be committed to the process.  Any change in a … Continue reading

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Why is gender balancing happening so slowly?

We’re 14 years into the new millennium.  The economic empowerment of women, something The Economist called “arguably the biggest social change of our times” (2010), is a major factor in a fast-changing landscape. And yet the representation of women in … Continue reading

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The Equality of Women and Men – An Introduction

Today, we are starting 16 Days of Activism against the violent abuse of women.  The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence came out of the Global Campaign for Women’s Human Rights.  In June 1991, the Centre for Women’s Global … Continue reading

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Gender Balancing : Step 1 – Is the CEO on board?

As discussed in my last blog, I have identified 4 critical areas that every company should ideally have in place before they will be able to embark on a successful gender balancing programme.  The first step, and the most critical, is … Continue reading

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