Sis­ters can do it for them­selves

Shoul­der tap a won­der­ful woman to­day

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL FEATURES -

Whilst the in­ten­tions be­hind the idea are great – achiev­ing gen­der bal­ance and di­ver­sity, I don’t be­lieve that this is the way to do it. I per­son­ally wouldn’t want to be seen as a suc­cess­ful can­di­date (in any­thing) purely be­cause of my gen­der. I’m grate­ful for the hard work of our fe­male pi­o­neers to en­sure that we gals have the op­por­tu­nity to choose to work in which­ever in­dus­try we want – but surely the is­sue is whether that per­son (male or fe­male) has the skills and ex­per­tise for the job? Min­is­ter of Women’s Af­fairs Jo Good­hew dis­agrees with the quota sys­tem say­ing ‘‘We need to work out the rea­sons why women are not com­ing for­ward and in some cases it’s be­cause they don’t re­alise they ac­tu­ally have the skills and can match it with the men.’’ We might recog­nise their skills and abil­ity be­fore they do. So rather than im­pose a quota sys­tem based on gen­der – per­haps all we need to do is to help women re­alise that they can do it. This could take the form of a sim­ple shoul­der tap. If you know of women in our com­mu­nity that have the skills and abil­ity to make a dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity, please en­cour­age them to put their names for­ward for our lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions. I’m not sug­gest­ing that they be elected be­cause they are women – that’s as silly as elect­ing some­one sim­ply be­cause they’ve been there be­fore – I’d just like to see some di­ver­sity around the ta­ble. Do you know any­one? ● Amy Scott is a for­mer lawyer turned pro­fes­sional speaker who is pas­sion­ate about ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ties.

Photo: LEE JAMIESON

Up since dawn: Clyde Play­cen­tre’s Char­lie John­ston, 16 months, and Mid-Win­ter Mar­ket fundrais­ing of­fi­cer So­nia John­ston at the Clyde Me­mo­rial Hall.

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