Sisters can do it for themselves
Shoulder tap a wonderful woman today
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.
Up since dawn: Clyde Playcentre’s Charlie Johnston, 16 months, and Mid-Winter Market fundraising officer Sonia Johnston at the Clyde Memorial Hall.