Breaking barriers, building economies: women in economic policy

August holds special significance in South Africa, marked by Women's Day on the 9th. It is a time to honour women's extraordinary courage and resilience in the struggle for equality and freedom. During this month, South Africa celebrates the remarkable contributions of women across various facets of life. However, it's also a poignant reminder of the persistent challenges. Despite progress, women must still be represented in the country's crucial economic and economic policy roles. This disparity hampers inclusive decision-making, emphasizing the need to break barriers and empower women to shape our economic future.

The "Breaking Barriers, Building Economies: Women in Economic Policy" campaign by SA-TIED seeks to celebrate the accomplishments of women within the SA-TIED programme. 

Discover our contributors' incredible stories and insights by reading their blogs and interviews below. The featured women are making a difference in economics and economic policy, and their unique perspectives and experiences shed light on the path to a more inclusive and equitable economic landscape.

Celebrating gender diversity and leading with impact – Mamiky Leolo


"As we celebrate Women's Month in South Africa, I am encouraged by the belief that our collective efforts, underpinned by these insights, will usher in a new era of economic policymaking—where gender equality thrives, barriers dissolve, and inclusivity becomes the cornerstone of a more just and prosperous future." 



Georgina Ryan: Paving the path in economic policy and inclusivity  Georgina Ryan


"Organizational cultures that value initiative, teamwork, and collaboration make for healthy learning environments where people, irrespective of their gender, can flourish. I’ve never done my job alone and I never will."




Carol Newman's journey in economics and advocacy for gender diversity – Carol Newman


"I would encourage women to feel empowered by this rather than disheartened or intimidated. Social norms around gender equality are changing and all women who participate in research and policy, or aspire to do so, contribute to breaking down the barriers. I would encourage women to seek the support of colleagues, both men and women, in their career journeys."


Contributing to gender inclusivity: A glimpse into Pumla Bam's journey – Pumla Bam


"In celebration of Women's Month, my message for other women is to continue to work hard, come to the table, and not wait to be invited. Excel in your work and get mentors who have already traveled the road to guide and empower you."




Driving change: Nadine Riedel on economics and gender equality – Nadine Riedel


"To young women considering a career in economics and economic policy, I'd like to convey that this field offers not only intellectual allure, but also the chance to influence policies that touch countless lives. Economics equips you to shape strategies for growth, equity, and societal betterment on a significant scale."