Gen­der di­ver­sity on agenda

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A host of women in min­ing had the chance to put their thoughts about gen­der di­ver­sity in the re­sources sec­tor to Em­ploy­ment and Women’s Min­is­ter Michaelia Cash at a Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy WA lun­cheon in Kar­ratha last week.

Fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Rio Tinto, Wood­side, Yara Pil­bara, Chevron and CITIC Pa­cific sat around a ta­ble to dis­cuss the op­por­tu­ni­ties and bar­ri­ers fac­ing women in the re­sources sec­tor with Ms Cash and Du­rack MHR Melissa Price.

Ms Cash told the women in the room they rep­re­sented the hopes and dreams of school and univer­sity stu­dents look­ing to break into the re­sources sec­tor.

“A lot of the com­pa­nies around this ta­ble have done an about-turn; they know they need to at­tract more women,” she said.

“They don’t do it be­cause they have to, they don’t do it be­cause they feel morally obliged to. “Those days are gone. “Change does not hap­pen overnight, but just in the time I have been in the port­fo­lio, I have seen a com­plete change in psy­chol­ogy.”

Ms Cash said part of the bat­tle was see­ing bar­ri­ers af­fect­ing women as eco­nomic is­sues rather than wel­fare is­sues.

CME WA deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ni­cole Roocke said the lun­cheon was an op­por­tu­nity to have a frank con­ver­sa­tion with the min­is­ter.

“One of the main top­ics dis­cussed was chal­lenges fac­ing women, par­tic­u­larly moth­ers, in terms of ac­cess to child­care when do­ing 12-hour shifts,” she said.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Min­is­ter for Women Michaelia Cash was in her el­e­ment at a CME WA lun­cheon in Kar­ratha last week.

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