Event #4 – Gender Equality (SDG 5)

Event #4 – Gender Equality (SDG 5)

Presentation by Professor Dianne Bevelander

Dianne Bevelander is Professor of Management and the founder and Executive Director of RSM’s Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) which focuses on gender research, leadership and training. In particular, ECWO provides research-based knowledge that illuminates how, and why, gender imbalance exists – and what is needed to create a world where women have an equal share of organisational power and influence.

In her Masterclass, Professor Bevelander shared her own, and ECWO’s, work in achieving SDG 5 - gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. This was situated within other SDGs, taking inspiration from the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan’s statement that: “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance”.

Professor Bevelander also examined the COVID-19 pandemic from a gender equality perspective – with a special emphasis on the impact on women in the workplace.

Within this context, Professor Bevelander’s Masterclass and the subsequent discussion included:

  • How to address the problem of too little women in top positions.
  • The manifestation and impact of an absolute loss of talent, brought about by gender inequality and gender imbalance.
  • COVAD 19 – impact and recovery for women.
  • How gender equality is not a women’s issue – and is the shared responsibility of women, men, business and governments.
  • The challenges faced by women climbing the corporate ladder.
  • The importance of a sisterhood posse in the move to gender equality.
  • How to be aware of gender inequality and how to speak up when you see it.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on women, during the pandemic and afterwards.