Women are said to still have a long way to go to guarantee equality and fairness throughout society as education, health, safety, and economic security remain big challenges for them around the world.
Speaking on Friday at the Women in Leadership Dialogue, CEO of RH Diamonds (PTY) Ltd, Rutang Moses, said women could inspire change in the world.
She said it was important to have conversations aimed at stimulating economic growth, through closing the gender gap.
“We have women leaders across diverse industries driving Botswana economic growth and creating employment,” said the founder of RH Diamonds, a woman-owned self-sponsored company established in 2016.
She is of the view that gender equality is not just an issue for women, adding that it was the responsibility of all citizens, here and around the world that when a woman is empowered, the whole economy; the whole community benefits.
Moses cited the World Economic Forum which predicts that the gender gap would not close entirely until 2186, adding that it was too long to wait. She stated that around the world, IWD is an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.
Moses further stated that on November 11, 2015 The Economists reported that nine tenths of the world’s natural diamonds pass through the Indian state of Gujarat, where they are cut and polished before being sold through the trading houses of Antwerp and Dubai.
“RH aims to contribute to the country’s economic growth through driving initiatives to promote industry sustainability, beneficiation with regards to employment creation and skills transfer. RH works in partnerships with six investors to establish their specific business needs, define projects to drive new business opportunities, business improvement and development,” said Moses.
High Commissioner of India Dr Ketan Shukla encouraged women to build confidence through participation and opening of the new avenues to achieve respectable decent careers.
“Women emancipation is essential for awareness of rights. This tells you not only about your responsibilities as a citizen but also enlightens you about the rights you can enjoy from the state,” said Shukla.
He said education was understood as a means of overcoming handicaps, achieving greater equality and acquiring wealth and status for all. He added that education is also often perceived to develop women according to their unique needs and potential.
“The training and exposure is not only about mugging up facts, learning to read and write. That is literacy. Education goes beyond that as it includes an overall development of an individual,” said Shukla.