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equalopportunitySunday Independent reports that the gender equality gap in the workplace still prevails because most organisations are not promoting a culture of equality, according to a new report produced by global management consulting and services firm Accenture.  

The report entitled “Getting to Equal 2019” shows that in SA employees’ willingness and ability to innovate is nearly six times higher in companies with a robust culture of equality - where everyone can advance and thrive - than in least-equal companies.  Ntombi Mhangwani of Accenture Africa observed:  “A culture of equality is a powerful driver of an innovation mindset - more than other factors that differentiate organisations, such as industry, country or workforce demographics.  We are not seeing enough gender equality in our workplaces.”  Mhangwani went on to say:  “When you also look at the statistics that are available, you can see that the battle to get women represented at the top is still there”, but “we cannot simply demand equality without understanding the social and local cultural elements that exist”.  She added:  “If you look at South Africa, we have institutions and families that believe a woman’s place is at home, she should be raising and taking care of kids at home.  In some cultures, we find that women are not allowed to get an education.  Women are told, ‘this is your place’, and they have to follow those rules.”  She stated that “by educating people, we help them understand that the days of saying ‘boys are better’ or ‘boys deserve more education’ are changing the world over.”

  • Read the full original of Lesego Makgatho’s report in the above regard at Sunday Independent

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