Mar 07
Women in the workplace #PressforProgress

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As we prepare to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2018, the issue of gender equality once again comes 

under the spotlight. According to the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap report, gender equality is over 200

years away and it is only by staying focused on achieving parity that the gap can be closed. While we know major changes 

won't happen immediately, the good news is that across the world, women are making positive strides towards this end.

Global activism for women equality has been fuelled by movements such as #MeToo, #TimesUp and this year's theme 

#PressforProgress. This theme aims to motivate and unite people to think, act and be gender inclusive.

"Female graduates should be encouraged to enter industries that have traditionally been dominated by men. It is only through

concerted effort that we will begin to see real change," says Lillian Bususu, Rosebank College National Graduate Development



In South Africa

Women make up 51% of the total population in the country, however despite the fact that there are more women than 

men in South Africa, women continue to hold a significantly lower percentage of senior-level positions. Gender equality 

is a part of our constitution, and it calls for half of the decision-making positions to be held by women.Women hold 44% 

of skilled professional positions, however, this figure has remained the same since 2002, with no progressmade to increase 

the numbers.

In 2017, 31% of South African companies had no female representation in senior leadership positions. The latest Businesswomen's 

Association of South Africa census on women in leadership indicated that 22% of board directors are women, but only 7% are executive 

directors.Only 31% of advocates and 30% of ambassadors are women. When it comes to leading powerful companies, only 1 business 

out of the top  40 JSE listed enterprises has a female CEO.

While we still have a long way to go in achieving gender equality, South Africa is listed as number 10 when it comes to women holding 

positions in parliament. South Africa is on par with the rest of the African continent, where 29% of senior leadership roles are held by 

women and performs better than some developed countries, such as the UK (19%) and Australia (23%).

"Ignoring more than half of the country's workforce means only realising half of South Africa's economic potential. Women's rights are human 

rights but they are also a key indicator of economic success, which is why Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute

of Education (The IIE), is committed to offering quality education because we understand our role in creating opportunities for our young people," 

adds Bususu.

An average of six (6) IIE graduates are placed in employment daily through the Graduate Empowerment Programme (GEP).

Fields in which The IIE graduates study at Rosebank College include IT Management, Journalism, Public Relations, Office Administration, 

Education, Construction and Engineering Drafting, Business Management and Business Administration.

Built on feedback received from companies in which the graduates are placed, the Graduate Empowerment Programme relies heavily on the 

direct feedback from client organisations about the attributes that new graduates most need.The Graduate Empowerment programme coaches 

graduates on how to distinguish themselves from others and become more employable-basically becoming a "Global Graduate".

Graduates are being "career coached" to stand out amongst their peers by displaying what we term "employment attraction skills."



About IIE Rosebank College

IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. 

The IIE quality, accredited courses at Rosebank College have a strong technological focus enabling you to thrive in today's working world. 

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside or Durban campuses,

and enrol for a degree, diploma or higher certificate. We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career 

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Written by Karabo Keepile