Gender parity in senior management and governing bodies: where are the women?

The gender composition of the senior management and the governing board of an organisation provides a measurable indicator of equity in career advancement, decision-making and power (though composition is also impacted by social and economic factors not merely organisational policies).

Decision-making power remains in the hands of men. A slight increase was observed in the proportion of women in senior management between 2018 and 2019.

Three out of ten organisations have parity in their senior management. In four out of ten organisations, fewer than one third of senior managers are women.

One out of four organisations have parity on their governing bodies. This marks an improvement from 2018, when one out of five organisations had parity on their governing bodies.