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Economic empowerment of women in South Africa on agenda on Women’s Day


Summary of story from Mail and Guardian, August 9, 2011

The economic empowerment of women in South Africa is on the agenda as the country celebrated Women’s Day today.

President Jacob Zuma said statistics showed little progress had been made to advance women in the business sector.

Only 4.4 per cent of chief executive and managing director positions were held by women according to the 2011 Women in Corporate Leadership Census of the Business Women’s Association.

According to the census women held 15.8 per cent of all directorships.

President Zuma said 2011 was the year of economic transformation and job creation and the government wanted to see “visible change” for women from all walks of life.

He also encouraged women to enter industries traditionally dominated by men, including mining.

He said the government was aware that women entrepreneurs remained on the periphery of the national economy.

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