Invitation to Public Hearings: Employment Equity and the Review of transformation in the Public and Private Sector.
On 21 -22 November 2019, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), will host the Employment Equity Hearings on review of transformation in the public and private sector. In accordance with the powers outlined in the CGE Act, as amended, the CGE will draw a sample of Directors General (DGs) from the public sector, and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from the private sector, for them to account for the slow pace of gender transformation in the workplace, and inadequate promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly for women with disabilities.
The purpose of these hearings is to demand accountability for, identify challenges and develop recommendations to ensure the realisation of gender equality in the workplace.
Objectives of the Hearings
The objective of these transformation hearings with both the public and private sector amongst others is to:
Assess compliance with employment equity legislation and its policies;
Assess compliance with other transformation legislation and its policies;
Assess the impact of transformation legislation and policies on persons with disability, women and other previously disadvantaged in the public and private sector;
Address institutional and systematic barriers to economic and gender diversity in the workplace on the progress of women and persons with disability;
Raise awareness of relevant international commitments to gender transformation and the importance of compliance;
Raise and address transformation policy gaps and implementation challenges;
Make findings and recommendations of the necessary improvements and corrections to improve policy implementation;
To consult and liaise with relevant stakeholders for their input on all the above,
Monitoring the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations by each public or private entity;
The companies and departments scheduled to participate in this hearing are as follows:
National Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affair
National Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Vodacom Group Limited
Woolworths Holdings Limited
Source: Government of South Africa