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Linking the advancement of women to senior management positions and gender barriers

Show simple item record Govender, Vanisha 2009-05-08T10:08:57Z 2009-05-08T10:08:57Z 2005
dc.description Look at the challenge of gender equity and global trends and its impact on Eskom en_US
dc.description.abstract Women form 52 percent of the adult population in South Africa, the majority of the population, but their status in the workplace is marginalized. The Commission of Employment Equity 2003 report revealed that women represent only 37% of the total workforce and 21% of all senior management positions and only 14% of top management positions. The study firstly investigates if gender barriers are creating obstacles for the advancement of women to senior management positions. The evidence of the research indicates that barriers do exist and the most prominent of these barriers included organizational culture, men not supporting women in the organization, division of labour, lack of after care facilities and women not supporting each other. Organizations need to admit that barriers do exist before any meaningful change can be made to the working environment of women. Secondly the study investigates the impact of gender equity targets as some organizations are attempting to increase the number of women in their business. Although gender targets results in an increase of women in the workplace it has negatively impacted the morale of men. Lastly the effectiveness of some of the strategies like mentorship, training and development, networking, flexible work policies are examined. These strategies will only be effective if the organizations are committed in ensuring a balanced workforce. Organizations needs to realize that diversity should be seen as a great opportunity to be encouraged and nurtured. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (133 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Unisa en_US
dc.subject Gender equity en_US
dc.subject Leadership en_US
dc.subject Competitiveness en_US
dc.subject Human resources en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Eskom en_US
dc.subject.ddc 658.40082
dc.subject.lcsh Diversity in the workplace
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in employment
dc.subject.lcsh Women executives
dc.subject.lcsh Minority executives
dc.title Linking the advancement of women to senior management positions and gender barriers en_US
dc.title.alternative Gender equity and its impact on Eskom en_US
dc.type Research Report en_US
dc.description.department Graduate School of Business Leadership MBL

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