The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) protects and promotes human rights, including gender rights.
Allan Tumbo, research adviser at the rights institution, pointed out that, unlike biological sex, gender refers to one’s role in society.
The SAHRC, continued Tumbo, ensures that gender-rights laws are followed. It focuses on exposing malicious compliance in the private sector, educating the public, reviewing diversity training, and taking non-compliant parties to court.
A key goal of the SAHRC, said Tumbo, is to provide education about human rights at all levels — as part of life orientation at high schools; as part of every curriculum at tertiary level; and as part of the annual Nelson Mandela Moot Court Competition, which challenges students, aiming to encourage deep thinking about human rights issues.
The dialogue concluded with panellists emphasising the importance of private and public sector partnerships to address inequalities in the workplace.
Only by ensuring that business governance and policies promote diversity and inclusion while supporting women’s leadership in the workplace can we reduce the gender divide and realise true economic advancement and equality.