The National Assembly has adopted the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill
The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill was adopted in the National Assembly earlier this month.
According to iol, the Bill has now been passed to the National Council of Provinces for further consultations and public hearings.
So what exactly is the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill?
Well, as the name suggests, the Bill was designed to empower and promote gender equality.
Government is always talking about addressing South Africa's three challenges: Unemployment, inequality and poverty. And this Bill is aimed at tackling inequality.
In the iol report, the Minister of women, children and people with disabilities says 'women of South Africa have said to us that they cannot wait any longer to share in the fruits of our democracy.'
She added that the Bill is a 'precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.'
But some critics believe the Bill will have serious consequences for employers…
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The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill has the following implications for your company
Global Business Solutions says that 'this Bill will have far reaching consequences for employers as it criminalises discrimination against women within the corporate environment.'
As an employer, you'll be required to establish a framework aimed at empowering women within the workplace.
The Bill states that 'despite any other law, targets for women in all laws and policies on economic empowerment shall be at least 50%.'
This means there must be at least 50 percent representation of women in decision-making structures.
According to Global Business Solutions, the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill says you must:
Critics always say that South Africa is great when it comes to developing legislation, but fails when implementing these laws. So it remains to be seen if this Bill will achieve its objectives especially considering the criticism it has received. We'll keep you updated regarding this stringent Bill.