Achieving gender parity means more than simply opening doors for women in the workplace. It is about recognising the benefits of a diverse organisation and its value to the broader society.
As Naspers, we are on an exciting journey in supporting the next generation of women leaders. We have made good progress as the number of our female employees in South Africa have increased to about 64% and 63% of our top and senior management are women. Over the past three years all new appointments to the Naspers Board have been women, and currently with women representing a third of the non-executive directors.
In the spirit of Women's Month, we are celebrating the women of Naspers. The women being featured and the many other women across the Naspers Group impact not just our business but the broader society in which we operate, helping us reach our goal of building the next generation of female leadership in South Africa.
"People make organisations, so diversity and inclusion forms an important part of a rounded organisation." - Mapule Ncanywa Head: Naspers Labs
"Organisations must be deliberate and authentic about creating a truly inclusive purpose-driven culture; one that is committed to values that supports all employees, of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicity and sexuality." - Anika Ebrahim Corporate Impact Director
"Women in the era of the pandemic should aim to work in a supportive and inclusive environment. In my personal experience, there was a time I needed emotional support caused by anxiety and working from home. I was supported during that time as Naspers provided support through the company’s employee assistance programme." - Bongeka Monakali Senior Business Analyst
"Female inclusion in all spheres of our society is critical in dispelling the gender bias and traditional roles so often informed in our homes." - Fatima Essop Mohamed Director of Share Schemes
"If you only have half of the population represented on your team, you’re only fishing in half the pond for talent." - Louise Stuart M&A Executive
"Women are critical to the success of other women and should collectively ensure that we contribute to a positive work experience and ongoing support, both in our professional or personal capacity." - Lynelle Bagwandeen Company Secretary
"I'm fortunate to be in a role that is incredibly fulfilling – I get to make a difference in helping drive the transformation agenda for our organisation and be at the fore with our commitment to providing a positive and safe workplace where diversity, equity and inclusion is a priority." - Ashika Kirpal Director: Transformation and Talent Management
"Diverse teams are proven to be more innovative. This also forms the cornerstone of a truly inclusive workplace culture – when everyone feels like they belong, are valued and are supported to thrive, the whole team performs optimally." - Minette Havemann Strategy Director: Naspers & Investment Principal: Naspers Foundry
"I have learned over the years that making yourself small to make others feel big helps no one. There is space at the table. Take your seat." - Shamiela Letsoalo Director: Communications
"Shared value can only be created through diverse thought. The benefits of diversity in leadership teams are far reaching, improving business models, economies and societies." - Yuraisha Moodley Director: Investor Relations
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