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Our EE laws prove: South African women are world-class leaders

by , 05 August 2013
South African women are in high demand for leadership positions all around the world. Our employment equity (EE) laws have created many sought-after leaders. But does your business do all it can to help to empower the women of our country? Read on to find out how to rectify this if you don't...

South African women are sought-after leaders worldwide, reports SANews. Just recently, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka became Executive Director of United Nations Women, and the African Development Bank appointed Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi as Special Envoy for Gender.  

These successful women are an example of the importance of making sure women are a critical part of your company's employment equity plans.

After all, as an employer, you have the responsibility to give women a chance to grow. Here's how to develop a discrimination-free workplace.

How to empower women in your workplace

These employment equity tips from Labour Law for Managers will ensure your workplace empowers women:
  • Pay special attention to women when you identify high potential employees for succession planning.
  • Take all sexual harassment cases seriously. Enforce your disciplinary procedures against perpetrators. This creates an atmosphere of safety and respect in the workplace.
  • Be fair when you award increases and bonuses. You must account for any income difference amongst employees in the same position. If you pay women less than men for the same job, you'll violate the Employment Equity Act.
  • Educate and train all your staff on what the EE Act says and why it's important. If all your employees know their rights, your business will do better as a whole.

With these employment equity tips in mind, you'll be able to ensure the women in your workplace are empowered to reach their true potential.

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