UN General Assembly Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern about the slow progress of gender equality, stating that, according to UN Women, it could take 300 years to achieve. He emphasized that women’s rights continue to be abused and violated worldwide. Despite challenges, some women, like Bertina Engelbrecht, are breaking barriers in leadership roles, as demonstrated in the Definitive List of Women CEOs. In our conversation with her in this issue of Celebrating Women, she shares: “You achieve a great deal more if you can leverage everybody’s uniqueness in terms of their lived experiences, cultural backgrounds and education. You must be authentic in who you are to be a credible leader.” In South Africa, gender gaps persist in employment, but women leaders are making strides, promoting inclusivity and resilience, as seen in the Gender Mainstreaming Awards Africa and Celebrating Women 2023.
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