The aim of the business breakfast is to celebrate South Africa's businesswomen and also to appeal to corporate South Africa to endorse women's empowerment within their companies. The breakfast is hosted by high level officials from the DTI, the CBC and the BPW South Africa as well as senior representatives from the JSE and UN-Women. Various international Ambassadors and High Commissioners will host tables at the event.
National Women's Day on 9 August commemorates the national march of women on this day in 1956 to petition against the pass laws that severely restricted their movement. It has grown to become a day of recognition and celebration and has grown from strength to strength annually. Women's organisations and government have observed this day annually on 9 August by holding events that honour women's advancement and ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.
With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and violence against women is still prevalent.
However, great improvements have been made. We do have female Chairmen and CEO's, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of National Women's Day has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives. We invite you to join us at this celebration.
For more information, or to attend the Business Breakfast, please visit our website at www.bpw-jhbsa.co.za