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The Value of Women – Still underestimated in the patriarchal world

August is Women’s Month, a reminder to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Financial services group Liberty has recently launched a series of online conversations to unearth the value women bring to the economy in a time of COVID-19 and beyond.

“According to a Flux Trends Report on the Worth of Women, they contribute over 48% to SA’s GDP, despite earning 27% less than men. They play primary roles in their families and society yet are still unfortunately not financially compensated enough. Meanwhile, the household and care work done by women amounts to 53% of South Africa’s GDP. So why haven’t they been recognised sufficiently for the proven economic and relational value they bring?” Liberty recently asked in a media release.

This is just one of the questions being interrogated during the Liberty Blue Table Sessions; a six-part video series designed to tap into the power of their shared experiences and humanity in the face of unprecedented life-changes.

The Liberty Blue Table Sessions launched on 15 July and are available on Liberty’s YouTube channel.

As part of South Africa’s Women’s Month celebrations, Prof Anita Bosch, holder of the Women at Work Research Chair at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, also shares how her work is making a difference in the lives of women. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender and work.

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