As with any policy designed to favour a specific group, there are risks involved. For example companies might employ a token number of women simply to gain preferential status.
The proactive approach taken by the DGCP in seeking out and meeting women at events and workshops made this less of a concern.
By supervising the registration process, government officials were able to verify that women either owned or had majority participation in a business.
Once a women-owned business was added to the database, it was important to track what happened next.
This required painstaking work to add gender markers or ‘tags’ to government data, a process known as ‘disaggregation’.
Once the tags were in place, the DGCP was able to see which women-owned businesses had won contracts, what type of contracts were awarded to them, and for what amount – crucial information for measuring the success of the policy.