“Vodacom remains committed to the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and is proud of the ongoing initiatives and support to fight this scourge.
In partnership with the government, we are increasing access to services for GBV victims at Thuthuzela Care Centres across the country, and through our R10 million pledge to the Gender-based Violence and Femicide Response Fund 1, establishing GBV centres in rural areas of Eastern Cape, Limpopo, North West and Northern Cape. To help prevent GBV, we have implemented a programme of psychosocial support professionals to address social issues in schools, reaching more than 14 000 learners. In addition, our zero-rated Bright Sky SA app provides support and information to anyone in an abusive relationship, as we continue to leverage our technology to overcome pressing societal challenges.”
External Affairs Director
Vodacom South Africa
“Aurex Constructors is committed to empowering and uplifting women in business and society. Our Transformation portfolio creates awareness and pro-actively addresses social and gender inequalities that exist in the areas that we operate.
Every August, we host a Women’s Roundtable Discussion which highlights gender issues as well as the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We have also rolled-out initiatives to empower young female learners such as providing sanitary pads to over 1000 girls at the Kusasulethu High School in Embalenhle, Secunda. We are proud to continue building a long-lasting and sustainable legacy for future generations.”
Legal, Governance & Compliance Manager
“To drive our commitment to gender equality we’ve developed a charter with the aim to create equal pay for equal opportunities, going beyond compliance and having a zero-tolerance policy on GBV.
In 2021 we contributed R3.5 million to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Response Fund, a private-sector-led, multisectoral GBVF Response Fund aimed at supporting the implementation of the National Strategic Plan. We spearheaded a 100-day challenge, in partnership with the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) and the Office of the Presidency, across our organisation to focus on GBV&F and sexual harassment issues the industry is facing. We’ve partnered with the TEARS Foundation, a NPO providing a place of safety for women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse. Our efforts were recognised by the global community when we were once again recognised in the Bloomberg 2022 Gender-Equality Index (GEI) and we are proud to welcome our first every female CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa as a manifestation of our commitment towards creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive mineral resources and renewable energy solutions company,”
Executive Head: HR
“Growthpoint is committed to supporting interventions that address gender-based violence, both with our staff who have access to support services and through programmes in the communities where those services are not always available.
Situated in a semi-rural area in Port Shepstone, we support Genesis SafePlace, which offers an immediate place of safety for vulnerable groups.”
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
“As a purpose-driven organisation, Imperial (A DP World Company), is committed to diversity and inclusion, and improving gender equality and women empowerment across our business.
We believe that real transformation is everyone’s responsibility and we should work together to entrench a culture that empowers and creates real opportunities for our people.
At Imperial, we are driving numerous women-related initiatives, within our organisation as part of our broader diversity and inclusion framework and to uplift and contribute to resolving critical social issues within our communities of operation, including GBV. We have taken a multi-faceted approach to GBV using our Lions Women’s Cricket sponsorship as a platform to address this issue head on through our collective partnership with POWA (People Opposing Women abuse). In addition, we have pledged our support to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Response Fund. Internally, we support women – and men – within our organisation with the resources to deal with GBV at home and in the workplace through a dedicated microsite and WhatsApp group for employees across Africa, as well as ICAS trained Imperial SHEROES. Lastly, we have piloted a gender-based violence programme in under privileged schools to raise awareness at grass root level around this very key issue, as well as to give students who are being abused a platform and a ‘safe space’ to get help.”
Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs & IR at Imperial and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2022
“SAB is committed to using its scale, reach and expertise to champion responsibility. We aim to create responsible and empowered communities by addressing the socio-economic factors that drive alcohol abuse and harmful behaviours.
This will be achieved through our evidence-based interventions, that not only try to protect women from GBV but also enable the economic inclusion of women in areas where we operate.
SAB has also focused on entrepreneurship and providing employment opportunities for at risk women, as we believe that economic independence plays a critical role in breaking the GBV cycle.”
VP Corporate Affairs
“The empowerment of women in our economy is something we at Sanlam feel passionate about driving. As such, we actively promote gender equality in the workplace by focusing on improving gender diversity and fair practices.
We are proud that more than half of our employees are women and are committed to ensuring their development, equitable representation in leadership roles and an inclusive, supportive culture. We also recognise and embrace the value of a diverse leadership team.
We are in the process of establishing a Women’s Forum, an employee resource group that will further this agenda and enhance psychological safety for women to raise or address any issue of concern they face as women.
A key initiative that we have partnered on with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the global organisation Women In Tech (WIT) to encourage inclusion of more women in business, is the “Women In Tech Programme” which is reaping much needed results.
There is much work to be done in our organisation, in our society and around the world to bring the gender parity. As an organisation committed to helping Africans live with confidence, we are committed to do our part in driving equality, inclusion and safety for women on the continent.”
Chief Transformation Officer