The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is deepening workplace inequalities as companies the world over are facing enormous pressure under the ‘new normal’. According to the United Nation’s policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on women, the limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back due to the widespread pandemic and bleak economic outlook.
Colleen Larsen, CE of Business Engage, talks to THANDO PATO
about why they are taking the Gender Mainstreaming Awards across Africa, and the challenges around gender parity on the continent.
Business Engage is an exciting and inventive organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector.
The Board Masterclass Series is a mixture of “technicalities” of being on a board (governance, understanding of roles, knowledge of the companies Act etc.)Mainly aimed at women although men are invited and encouraged to apply the Series integrates the experience and knowledge of 30% Club members and is supplemented by presenters who are experts in their chosen field.
The Gender Mainstreaming Awards, have been developed by Business Engage to encourage private sector and government to achieve more diversity in their organisations and to recognise best practice in gender mainstreaming.
The Boardwalk is an initiative that has been created to nurture the development of aspiring directors who are currently in senior management positions and help them to unlock their future potential in a very practical manner. The LeadersWalk follows the same concept but is designed for increasing the leadership skills of senior and middle management.
LeanIn Circles are small groups from across different industries who meet regularly to learn and grow together with the aim to develop confident leaders, inspired to grow and make a tangible impact on the business community.
“The Connected Workplace” is a cross-corporate workshop held quarterly to allow corporates to share best practice with other corporates
An annual study of the opportunities for gender balancing the boards of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Join Preesha Persad, an empowerment specialist and coach, who is passionate about enabling women to unlock the magic that lies within.. This immersive program empowers the 21st century modern women to ignite her full potential in all areas of life and create a lasting legacy.
Membership runs for one year from the date of payment of the membership fee. Renewal will be notified 60 days before renewal date.
* Free access to the monthly Virtual LeadersWalks and BoardWalks which include attendees from across Africa – recordings available when possible * Access to thought leadership, research, events, best practice * Corporate Gender Intelligence events with speakers from across the world * Annual Voices of Change event in August.
Malcolm is the Company secretary of Business Engage and enjoys doing workshops on Corporate Governance, tenders and contracts.