University lecturers perceptions on inclusion of women in senior management structure
Gender inequality and equity issues are still prevalent in the workplace and notably in the institutions of higher learning. This is despite the international concerns of lack of gender representation in the senior management structures of different organisations. Despite legislations and related policies promulgated to normalise the workplace environment, the number of females employed at senior management levels in public and private sectors remains very low. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the perception of the University of Limpopo lecturers on women inclusion in the senior management structure of the institution. The study used a quantitative research method to collect data from 82 lecturers employed at the institution. The results indicate that females have the same capabilities and competencies to play a role in the management of the institution. It is recommended that management need to set targets and action plan to bring about equity in the workplace.
Key words: Gender mainstreaming, gender equity, gender equality, gender discrimination.