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As we celebrate the African women who have made it to the top, we should also take a mo­ment to con­sider what we can do as busi­nesses to close the gen­der gap faster [‘Star deal­mak­ers’, TAR91 June 2017]. In our 2016 ‘Women Mat­ter Africa’ re­port, we pro­vide con­crete ac­tions that or­gan­i­sa­tions can take. There’s one di­men­sion in par­tic­u­lar where African or­gan­i­sa­tions are fall­ing be­hind: ‘Make gen­der di­ver­sity a top CEO pri­or­ity’. To­day, only 31% of African com­pa­nies see gen­der di­ver­sity as a top CEO pri­or­ity, which stands in stark con­trast to North Amer­ica, for ex­am­ple, where it’s 75% of com­pa­nies. Re­search shows that when the CEO is a chief ad­vo­cate for change, the broader work­force is more in­clined to fol­low. So to bring about change, we need to see our African CEOS (who, for the record, are 95% male) stand up and be counted. Ta­nia Holt, Part­ner, Mck­in­sey & Com­pany

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