Bal­ance on the boards

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❝ In­creas­ing fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion doesn’t oc­cur by favour­ing women.

FE­MALE rep­re­sen­ta­tion on agri­cul­ture boards has im­proved

10 per cent.

The per­cent­age of fe­males on boards in the port­fo­lio in­creased from

37 per cent last Christ­mas to 47 per cent cur­rently, fol­low­ing the lat­est round of ap­point­ments signed off by Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud.

“Find­ing the best mix of can­di­dates re­quires cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that en­tices the very best to ap­ply,” Min­is­ter Lit­tleproud said.

“Fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the top lev­els in most in­dus­tries is nowhere near good enough and we’re not get­ting enough ap­pli­ca­tions from women partly as a re­sult of that, so the log­i­cal thing to do is look for top can­di­dates of both gen­ders for lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

“If we don’t ac­tively look for top can­di­dates of both gen­ders, we’re deny­ing our na­tion the use of half its in­tel­lect. But above all it’s about right­ing a wrong of past gen­er­a­tions hav­ing ex­cluded women from lead­er­ship roles in agri­cul­ture.

“The op­por­tu­nity cost to this na­tion’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor has been huge but the op­por­tu­nity ahead is ex­cit­ing if we get this right. In­creas­ing fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion doesn’t oc­cur by favour­ing women. It hap­pens by cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment which al­lows both gen­ders to thrive.”

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