Importance of women in GCC meeting begs discussions on diversity, inclusion
The underrepresentation of women at the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) meeting demands rigorous top-level discussions to shed light on this issue.
Na Gone Marama Bale Na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, is said to be the only paramount woman chief to hold a title of this stature today. While there are more women of chiefly status out there and others with the ability to contribute significantly, ultimately the powers that be at the 14 provincial councils decide on who will represent them at the GCC.
Sadly, these decision-makers fail to see the importance of women in these kinds of meeting which begs discussions on diversity and inclusion.
In this day and age, the need for equal representation of women at the highest levels of decision-making has transformed from a mere option to an undeniable demand.
It is a call that echoes across the globe, resonating with the aspirations of countless women who have long been sidelined and overlooked.
The time has come for this demand to be met with action and unwavering commitment.
At the heart of this issue lies the recognition that true progress can only be achieved when women are not only present in decision-making processes but are also represented in numbers and diverse perspectives.
True progress lies in embracing diversity, as it is through diversity that tangible advancements can materialise.
It is not enough to have a token representation; we must strive for an inclusive environment where the voices of women from all walks of life are heard and valued.
To initiate this transformative change, it is vital that the rallying cry for equal representation originates from the highest echelons of power.
Leaders, influencers and especially men who hold positions of authority must take a stand, realising women’s pivotal role in shaping the future.
One does not need to be a woman to be a feminist. You just need to believe that it’s about respecting diverse women’s experiences, identities, knowledge and strengths, and striving to empower all women to realise their full rights.
Men must use their platforms to amplify the voices of women, actively promoting their inclusion and highlighting the immeasurable value they bring to the table.