Being Human Rights Day on March 21, it is appropriate to take a look at how women get a raw deal in the workplace and in many other areas of society, both in SA and the rest of the world. But there is a growing "insurgency" by women activists to remedy this situation and it is having a gradual, but noticeable effect. On March 8 — International Women’s Day — many events were held globally to draw attention to the role that women play in society and how they are treated, including how they are rewarded and remunerated in business. I attended one such occasion, held at the JSE. This venue was most pertinent, as the JSE itself is a rarity in corporate SA, having a female CEO of a listed company. This is a coal-face operational role in contrast to most female board positions, which are regrettably still nonexecutive appointments, made to tick the diversity boxes.There were only a handful of men in the audience, as articulate and sassy speakers addressed the already converted, which in it...

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