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Where are our women leaders?

Where are our women leaders?

The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) challenges the NZ Government to actively seek more women for top leadership positions in Government.

Statics show that numbers of women in leadership roles in Government has dropped with the desired 50% now becoming less of a reality and more of a dream, says President Carolyn Savage

Where the Government has in the past been seen as a leader for reform and change in promoting equal representation of women, they are regressing and going backward.

In a time where the private sector have realised the financial and social gains to be had from quality women in the workplace, and actively stepping up to sign the Women Empowerment Principles, the NZ Government has continued to restrict the growth of women within their own organisation.

“Are the male leaders of our country threatened by their female counterparts?” Mrs Savage asks.

The lack of women representatives in leadership positions has been seen across all areas of Government-lead changes, from the restructuring of the Auckland Super City to the repositioning of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs portfolio to a face with no power.

It is time our Government stepped out of the 1800’s and joined the 21st century. Until there is equal representation women and men within our Government, there will not be equal representation for all New Zealanders.

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