Women’s Report 2023
Women entrepreneurs

The empowerment of women can be realised through a myriad of mechanisms, one of which is supporting women to achieve economic independence. This is, however, easier said than done, and requires insight into their specific circumstances and contexts, which is why this year’s Women’s Report positions the ecosystem of women’s entrepreneurship under the loupe.

Women’s Report 2022
Women and fiscal policy

We hover an equity lens over the realities created for women by South Africa’s fiscal policy. Careful considerations of aspects of fiscal policy, including tax, social grants, retirement funding and gender-based budgeting, could halt the downward spiral of odds that progressively stack up against women as they navigate life.

Women’s Report 2021
Childcare as an enabler of women’s economic participation

Women’s economic contribution is hampered by a lack of childcare support. The WR2021 focuses on an evidence-based rationale for decent childcare as part of government’s drive for job creation and the employment of women.

Women’s Report 2020
The rise of the black woman: Celebrating black women’s excellence

In celebration of the 10th year of publication, the 2020 Women’s Report reflects on the rise of the black woman. Very little is written about black women’s workplace successes and wisdom. We address this discrepancy by celebrating black women’s excellence.

Proudly standing for women’s workplace equity and equality, the Women’s Report aims to provide thoughtful insights corroborated by facts that not only encourage dialogue but speak for those who can’t.

The Annual Women’s Report e-publication is proudly sponsored by the Stellenbosch Business School and is distributed in association with the South African Board for People Practices.

A celebration of excellence would not be complete without words of wisdom and encouragement to the next generation of women.

Twelve black women of note — women who have excelled in their respective fields — graciously narrated their life stories and views about their success in the 2020 Women’s Report. Read about their success, challenges and triumphs.

Read more opinion pieces, articles and insights on our blog

What is the Women’s Report?

Conceptualised from the need to map the field of women at work and recognising the lack of accessible evidence-based writing about women in paid work in South Africa, the Women’s Report was born in 2011. Initial topics revolved around the author’s choices and interests but soon the Women’s Report developed into an authoritative annual publication about topical themes relating to the life-worlds and lived experiences of African women.

The Women’s Report informs academic, practitioner and line manager audiences. Interest from the public has grown strongly since 2014 when the topic of Work and Women’s Reproduction was introduced. The annual Women’s Report is proudly sponsored by the Stellenbosch Business School and is distributed in association with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP).