Theme: Taking Women’s Leadership to Another Level in Africa: A Different Perspective
Date: 26 April 2019
Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Grant Thornton’s Women in Business Report 2018 showed that the percentage of businesses with at least one woman in senior management, and proportion of senior roles held by women, increased from 82% to 89% and 29% to 30% respectively between 2017 and 2018.
Furthermore, the report indicated that 95% of businesses in Nigeria, for instance increased with at least one woman in senior management, while the West African country also hit a new high of 30% in terms of the proportion of senior roles held by women. In addition, South Africa hit a new high of 80% of businesses with at least one woman in senior management and also recorded the highest proportion of senior roles held by women in a decade at 29%. In the same vein, other influential reports have showed that significant strides have been made in South Africa, Cape Verde and Rwanda, where women account for more than 30% of ministers in the Cabinet, and an inclusion of more women in parliament and governing structures. Therefore, it is pertinent to note that Africa tops four regions in gender diversity performance.
However, the World Economic Forum’s latest report on gender equality shows that Sub-Saharan Africa will take an average of 135 years to bridge the gender gap, as measured across four key pillars, economic opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment, and health and survival. It therefore means that the significant stride the continent has recorded in recent times still remains a small figure as far as the realization of gender equality is concerned.
Needless to say, gender equality between women and men, increase in women leadership and equal opportunities at all levels of decision-making, both in business and the political space, have been acknowledged globally as vital contributors to sustainable development. In light of this, the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), in collaboration with the Consortium of Leadership and Gender Experts (CLGE), presents the SADC Women Forum & Leadership Excellence Awards, with the theme set as: “Taking Women’s Leadership to Another Level in Africa: A Different Perspective”. The Forum is therefore aimed at realizing the following four objectives:
KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FORUM:
For more information on participation, please contact our offices, as shown below-
Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD)
C/O Amazons Watch Magazine
Portsmouth Technopole, Kingston Crescent
Portsmouth, PO2 8FA
Tel: +44 7459 647093
Website: www.celdng.org; www.amazonswatchmagazine.com
Consortium of Leadership and Gender Experts (CLGE)
Plot 32331, George Crescent, Phakalane
Tel: +267 71300588