Celebrating those making gender equality in the workplace a reality

Celebrating those making gender equality in the workplace a reality

Shortlisted finalists announced in the ninth annual Gender Mainstreaming Awards

Accenture upholds and celebrates values of inclusivity and collaboration. When it comes to making gender equality a reality in the workplace, these values become even more essential. For this reason, we are proud to recognise the efforts of the shortlisted finalists in the ninth Annual Gender Mainstreaming Awards.

Ntombi Mhangwani, Associate Director for Accenture Interactive and Women's Forum Lead at Accenture in Africa, says, "We must prioritise gender equality to make it a reality. It is also essential to recognise the gains made so far and reward those leaders that are making intentional efforts to further the gender mainstreaming agenda. Therefore, events such as the ninth Annual Gender Mainstreaming Awards (GMA) are essential in celebrating progress to date.

"The core promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to leave no one behind – can only be upheld if we as a collective work together to activate awareness, share learnings, and identify interventions to fast-track gender equality," she adds.

The 2021 GMAs have expanded beyond Southern Africa to include two more regions with East and West Africa participants. This highlights progress made in the three regions and encourages private sector buy-in to the vision of achieving a more meaningful representation of women in the mainstream of business. "We have seen evidence of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on companies in Africa, so we know that this year's GMAs will offer more opportunities for shared learning to build business resilience," Mhangwani states.

The ongoing economic influences of the pandemic are felt especially by women and girls who are generally earning less, saving less, holding insecure jobs, or living close to poverty. As such, Accenture teamed up with Business Engage to celebrate companies upholding gender mainstreaming to help counter the deepening problems perpetuated by the pandemic.

"With the trusted opinion of successful inclusive leaders and champions of gender mainstreaming who are well-versed in the various regions, we are proud to announce this year's finalists for the GMAs," says Colleen Larsen, CE: Business Engage.

The finalists (alphabetical order) for each award category per region are as follows:

Celebrating those making gender equality in the workplace a reality

Celebrating those making gender equality in the workplace a reality

Celebrating those making gender equality in the workplace a reality

The GMAs hope to inspire the private sector to achieve a more meaningful representation of women in the business mainstream. This initiative advocates against gender inequality in the workplace and celebrates companies that embrace the representation of women in the workplace.

"The expansion of the GMAs into more African regions has inspired greater interest in the progress made in recent years to implement policies that favour diversity and gender equality in the workplace," says Larsen. "The pandemic has catalysed our ability to reach a wider audience and raise greater awareness through an online event as opposed to a physical one," she adds.

"Business Engage is an exciting and inventive organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector and the hosts of the GMAs. As Accenture, we will continue to support such initiatives because we recognise the business value it brings across the continent," Mhangwani concludes.

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