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Gender Equality in the Workplace

Despite the strides the world has taken to celebrate women and their roles in the workplace and society. There is still an alarming gap in equality among men and women that exists even today.
Equality in the workplace means that no person should experience or fear discrimination based on their gender, sex, age, race etc. Women today unfortunately still face problems such as unequal payment, unequal opportunities and sexual harassment which leave them with little choice but to question the fairness of it all.

According to Career Junctions recent gender survey which explores gender issues related to the workplace, over a third of South African women feel that that their gender and parental responsibilities are holding them back from advancing in their careers.
The shocking statistics didn’t stop just there, while the majority of women get between 1-3 (38%) and 3-6 (36%) months maternity leave, only 18% receive full pay during this period while 28% receive less than 50% of their pay and a shocking 39% receive no compensation at all.
It’s clear that South Africa has such a long way to go when it comes embracing gender equality and making it an important part of the workplace ethos.

Any effort big or small is appreciated in the advancement of promoting gender equality. It’s all about starting somewhere, a few ways in which businesses can adopt a positive approach to promoting gender equality in the workplace and in the community:
• Encourage local talks at schools by female entrepreneurs.
• Mentor women in business at local seminars and other events.
• Support local schemes or initiatives by budding female entrepreneurs.
• Consider leadership roles for both men and women.
• Create an office culture whereby both women and men are treated with the same respect and dignity.
• Minimize the gender salary gap.
• Prioritizing work life balance to accommodate both women and men with responsibilities.

At Ubuhle, we believe in the equal advancement of women and men in the workplace. Ubuhle is 100% female owned and lead by a powerhouse of a CEO – Liza Gresse. Knowing the trials and tribulations that many women face, we have developed a Leadership and Management Development Programme specifically targeted at upskilling staff and promoting employment equity. Our Women Leadership Programme (WLP) consists of 8 modules and is devised to strengthen female leadership on a personal and professional level, in organisations, as well as in society. Ubuhle encourages many businesses to invest in the confidence and empowerment of human resources for a progressive future for all.

For an outline of the above programmes and more details please contact Ubuhle HR on 0861 256 724 or email

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Tamzin Stroucken has built a career in investment management (working with private clients and mining rehabilitation funds), with a passion for understanding the psychology of money and its influence on our decisions.  She is equally passionate about leadership development and making a social impact.

Beyond her corporate work, Tamzin is a Trustee for the Early Care Foundation, which empowers women in early childhood education. A lifelong learner, Tamzin is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Industrial Psychology, adding to her impressive qualifications that already include being a CFA Charterholder and holding a Master’s in Coaching. She has also completed additional coursework in social entrepreneurship.

Tamzin believes in using business as a force for good, and is always excited to learn from and connect with people who share her passions and visions.


For the past 20 years, Farah Martinez has partnered with business founders and CEOs to translate their visions into impactful brands and marketing strategies that drive growth. Her expertise lies in leading teams across brand management, performance marketing, PR, business development, employer branding, recruitment marketing, and public affairs. As a certified behavioral change expert, Farah integrates these principles into all aspects of her work.

With experience in diverse industries such as climate technology, corporate law, fashion, luxury building, and commodity trading, Farah navigates complex corporate landscapes effectively. Her work aligns with the ESG framework and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, fostering purpose-driven businesses that balance both purpose and profit.

Growing up in a multi-ethnic household (Arabic-European) has equipped Farah with cultural sensitivity, and her fluency in Dutch, French and English enhances her ability to foster global collaboration. Renowned for simplifying complexity, Farah excels at unifying multidisciplinary teams and dismantling silos to achieve sustained success. Now at empowHER, Farah is excited to share her story of entrepreneurship with you.


Dr Madeline Ann Lewis is President/CEO of the Executive Women’s Success Institute, a 22- year retired Army veteran, International TEDx Speaker, International Bestselling Author, creator of the online course “Crack The Career Code: Unlock The Amazing Power Within To Lead With Confidence, Charisma, and Credibility”, host of the Success 4 Women Radio/TV Show, Career Strategist, Trainer and Business Consultant.

She helps women progress in their careers into upper management and executive-level positions by providing them with a fast-track, yet comprehensive toolkit of life skills and abilities. She also helps female veterans who are transitioning out of the military into business entrepreneurship.

Dr Lewis has numerous awards and accolades, including the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce 2023 Excellence in Business “Visionary of the Year” Award. She also received the Most Influential Women Empowerment Coach Award from Canadian Ambassador Her Excellency Denisa Gokovi. Dr Lewis received the 2022 Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award and she was placed on the 2022 Veteran Champions of the Year (VCOY)” in Corporate America” list, which honours 30 champions who advocate for American veterans in the civilian workforce. She also received the Acquisition International 2022 “Most Empowering Women’s Success Coach” Award. Among her many accolades, she has been quoted and written about in numerous magazines. Her mission is to: “Help Women Accelerate Their Path to Success.”


Noor AlObaid is a dynamic social entrepreneur and humanitarian from Kuwait, celebrated for her pioneering leadership across multiple impactful organisations. She founded Bake and Educate, using culinary arts to fund education, and Migrant Aid Kuwait, dedicated to improving migrant welfare. Noor also co-founded the Kuwait Humanitarian, which aims to significantly contribute to community development and advocacy for social causes.

Her multifaceted approach merges entrepreneurship with activism, tackling societal issues from educational access to migrant rights. Through her initiatives, Noor not only provides immediate aid but also champions sustainable change by advocating for policy reforms and community engagement. Her work has been crucial in mobilizing resources and elevating awareness on critical issues, positioning her as a key figure in social change.

Noor’s relentless drive and innovative strategies continue to inspire many, advancing women’s empowerment and making substantial impacts in community development.


Liza Gresse is a seasoned Learning and Development Specialist with 20 years expertise in effective People Management. Her professional journey spans multiple continents, including Europe, Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Currently, she is CEO at the UBUHLE Group, where she provides leadership to a team of 50 Organisational Development (OD) and Learning & Development (L&D) specialists.

Liza has an in-depth understanding of the principles of talent management, organisational development and change management. She has successfully orchestrated and executed global projects in these fields, catering to diverse clients.

Liza also brings more than a decade of coaching experience to the table, holding a recognised qualification as a Coach. Her expertise in this regard is focused on senior-level leaders in international organisations, offering them guidance and support.

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