Need for strong action to progress gender equality in business made clear by report (Tuesday, 22 September 2009)
Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick today congratulated the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women on the release of their Women Getting Into Boards Report 2009, released today.
The report is the result of a 2009 online survey of 317 women about the difficulties that women face when trying to get onto boards.
“As I have said in the past, the number of women on company boards in this country is significantly behind that of other countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand, a statistic that highlights the difficulties faced by Australian women who wish to climb the corporate ladder here,” Commissioner Broderick said.
“This report, which looks at the difficulties women face in getting onto boards in the first place, reinforces the additional barriers that women face in the corporate world in Australia,” Commissioner Broderick said.
The Women Getting Into Boards Report 2009 findings indicate that the recruitment processes for boards are predominantly inequitable because they lack transparency, lack clearly defined and realistic criteria and are only advertised to a select group of people.
Commissioner Broderick agreed , as the report says, that government intervention is required if we are to see results.
“The Report calls for Government to set the example by having more women on public boards and setting incentives for private boards to follow suit, including making boards more accountable for outcomes achieved and putting in place quotas for gender balance,” the Commissioner said. “We need to seriously consider all these options if we are to finally make real progress.”
“The report once again makes it clear that we simply must investigate and improve this situation so that future generations of women can approach their careers with the same confidence as their male counterparts,” said Ms Broderick.
The Women Getting Into Boards report 2009 is available online at the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women website at:www.leadershipforwomen.com.au
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