Women in business: Making sense of the hidden gender context

Length of Workshop : 1 Day
Type of Workshop : One Day Workshop
Who should attend

Women and men that are interested in transforming current workplaces to equitable places of work.

Are you interested in understanding more about women in the workplace? Do you acknowledge the complex social interactions that determine the place of women in business and organisations? Do you recognise your role in closing the gender gap?

Aim of the course

The aim of the one-day course is to create an awareness of the mechanisms that create gender inequity in organisations and to provide participants with tools with which to assist women to thrive and reach their full potential.


The one-day course offers a general engagement with issues of gender and equity in the South African business and organisational context.

At the end of the course participants should have:

  • Acquired some more vocabulary, theory and conceptual tools.
  • Acknowledged the influence of historical events on women in the formal workplace.
  • Appreciated the inequitable standing of women in business.
  • Developed insight about the complex social interactions that determine the place of women in organisations and business.
  • Understood their place in the power-privilege-oppression framework.
  • Reflected on their sense of purpose as a woman leader and/or a leader of women.

Professor Anita Bosch

Anita is the lead researcher of the Women in the Workplace research programme at the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg. She is actively involved in collaborative and dialogue-based change processes regarding women’s identity and leadership development in an organisational context. Anita was trained by Otto Scharmer of MIT in Presencing and her training in Appreciative Inquiry, World/Knowledge Café and Open Space Technology provides her with a range of group processes to complement her gender work.

She is the editor for Africa of the academic journal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the editor for the annual Women’s Report of the SABPP. Anita holds a PhD from the School of Management at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom).

Upcoming Women in the Workplace Workshops
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