Women’s summit aims to address gender divide
By MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN Union Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has called for the empowerment of the girl child to bridge the gender gap in the continent.
She was addressing the second annual Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) Women in Focus 2015 Summit in Johannesburg.
” Girls need to have role models in every area of human endeavor because this is a man’s world and we need to have a humane world, said Dlamini-Zuma,” while delivering the keynote.
“We need to invest more in our financial professionals â€“ we want women and young people to be part of inclusive growth so that we can have shared prosperity,” she added.
With 2015 being the Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa Agenda 2063 and referring to the Fourth World Conference Beijing Declaration that took place 20 years ago, Dlamini-Zuma also made it known that women empowerment was not just a human rights issue but it also makes economic sense.
President of ABSIP, Tryphosa Ramano, said women empowerment should not be viewed as anti-establishment as it was a natural and belated progression of the largest section of society.
ABSIP views the continuous implementation and reviewing of women
advancement programmes as of great importance towards the growth of women leaders in the financial services sector.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s leading business minds gathered at the event held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton.
One of the key resolutions of the 2014 AWIF Summit was to advocate for the disclosure of gender policies and gender mix in integrated reports.
The JSE has responded with proposed amendments of the listing requirements of the JSE which will better track progress of listed companies.
Established in 1995, ABSIP is a lead custodian of black professional interests and black business in the financial services sector.
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