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Business Engage is an exciting and inventive organisation at the forefront of srategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector.

Click here to read our latest e-book on "Best Practices in Gender Mainstreaming." 

30% Club Southern Africa

The 30% Club is a group of Chairmen, CEOs and senior partners of organisations internationally that are committed to bringing more women onto boards because they believe it’s good for the overall effectiveness of the boardroom – and therefore good for business.   Focus is also placed on the executive pipeline to create sustainable change.

Gender Balancing : It's Good Business

Gender Mainstreaming Awards

To encourage private sector to buy-in to achieving more meaningful representation of women in the mainstream of business, Business Engage has developed the Gender Mainstreaming Awards as part of the bigger programme F-Factor – creating a new gender mindset – enabling corporates to develop the business case for gender mainstreaming.

How women are thriving in ecommerce

Better Bottom Line - Building Gender Balanced Business

Orange Day


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women.

Through UNiTE, the UN is joining forces with individuals, civil society and governments to put an end to violence against women in all its forms.

UN WOMEN : Orange Day

The UNiTE campaign proclaims every 25th of the month as Orange Day, aiming to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls, not only once a year on 25 November (the International Day to End Violence against Women), but every month!

What can you do?

• Wear orange on 25th of every month and invite others to do the same, share posts & tweet about the Day.
• Use and share the photo of the UNiTE Ribbon — the new symbol for ending violence against women and girls (see








Gender Mainstreaming

The debate on whether countries should introduce quotas to ensure gender equality in the workplace has been a long and bitter one. 

Progressive countries have seen the Gender Dividend as a business imperative and not as a human rights or a women’s rights issue. Norway has already passed legislation on male/female quotas (a minimum of 40%) in those companies floated on the stock exchange. France and Spain has on 20 January 2010 voted on the first reading of legislation to mandate 50/50 gender makeup of boards of all companies listed on the French stock exchange. If passed, it means that the 6 years after the new law has been promulgated, the number of women in decision-making positions must reach 40%.

South Africa is a signatory to international treaties, conventions and protocols to eliminate gender discrimination and promote gender equality. The latest draft Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill proposes a 50/50 gender representation for all businesses, which highlights our government’s commitment to gender equality and has placed South Africa at the forefront of advancing women in the workplace.


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A Global, Continental and Local Perspective on Gender Empowerment

There are a number of global documents, protocols and initiatives that relate to gender equality and the economic upliftment of women to achieve such equality.


Business Engage is well versed in these documents and the rationale behind these documents.  An overview might assist the reader to understand how Business Engage operates within this context.


These documents include;


§ The UN Compact and UN 7 Empowerment Principles.

§ Beijing Declaration & Platform of Action 1995.

§ CEDAW – Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women 2004.

§ Millennium Development Goals. Moving to a regional context we have;

§ SADC Gender & Development Declaration

§ Addendum to Declaration

§ SADC Gender & Development Protocol 2008.

§ African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights 1981.


Again, all referring to the economic development of women coupled to gender equality.

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Business Engage is an exciting and inventive South African based organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector. The aim of Business Engage is to enable individuals (both men and women) and companies to maximise their growth and profits through its diverse offerings that include networking, mentorship, training, collaboration, entrepreneurship development and support.