The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and the MBA students are proud to host the 21st annual Women in Business Conference, and this year, the conference is set to break new ground. We are living in a time when uncertainty is the only certainty, our lives and livelihoods as well as the business landscape throughout the world have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in unprecedented ways. To mitigate against the challenges brought on by the pandemic we will be hosting the conference completely online for the first time ever. We will be focused on addressing inclusion, access, and equality in the workplace. Our theme for 2020 is Rise.
The theme is about empowerment, strength, and unity – if we stand together, we can Rise as women. The conference is premised on the idea that sustainable economic growth is impossible without women empowerment, and asks the questions: What does female empowerment mean? How do we address gender disparity in leadership? What can be done about the gender pay gap?
At the 21st annual Women in Business Conference we are discussing these concepts and what they mean for you and for your business. The issue of gender equality continues to gain momentum globally. Working women contribute greatly to education, health, and wellness, and achieving gender equality is critical to economic development. We need to ensure that women have equal opportunities and resources in order to move towards inclusive economic structures. The time has come to break barriers and stereotypes to find ways to promote inclusivity and drive change.