oa Alternation - Women in academic leadership in South Africa: conventional executives or agents of empowerment?

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In South Africa there is a conscious and deliberate political commitment to address women's issues and participation in political participation and other social institutions. This commitment is expressed in the social policies of the ANC led government and the policies that universities such as KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) have adopted to effect and enhance their gender and equity promotion programmes. According to South African Statistics (2003) the average number of women in senior management is about 24% across all the current institutions of higher learning. In the corporate sector, it is about 20%, and the majority of the 20 percent is Caucasian (The South African Business Woman, South African Women in Corporate Leadership Census, 2005). These statistics indicate that South Africa faces a challenge when it comes to the participation and visibility of women in leadership both in academia and the corporate sector.

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