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African organisations do not prioritise gender diversity

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Johannesburg – Only a third of organisations surveyed in the McKinsey & Company Women Matter Africa report consider achieving gender diversity in leadership as a CEO priority. A quarter of African companies surveyed stated that gender diversity was of no importance.

The report looks at female representation in leadership across the private sector and public sector. It was compiled over 12 months, using data gathered across 14 African countries, including insights from 210 leading companies and interviews with 35 African women leaders.

“Government and organisations need more structured and purposeful approaches to achieve gender diversity,” said Lohini Moodley, partner at McKinsey. And there needs to be greater sponsorship from boards and CEOs, she told Fin24.

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