New Zealand members are demonstrating their commitment to improving gender
equality, hosting events up and down the country in celebration of
International Women’s Day 2020.
with this year’s theme of #EachforEqual, the events will showcase how a more
gender equal world benefits business, communities, families and women
Women’s Day 2020 comes just after the signing of the much-anticipated Diversity
Agenda Accord, a cross-industry commitment to improve diversity and inclusion
within New Zealand’s engineering and architecture sectors.
the participation of women is a vital issue within the New Zealand
infrastructure sector, says Sarah Lang, founder of the Women’s Infrastructure
Network, “It’s exciting to see the continued progress our industry is making in
improving gender equality, but our challenge remains to maintain momentum.
International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to celebrate how far we
New Zealand CEO Paul Blair emphasised the importance of a balanced
infrastructure sector to deliver the strong pipeline of work ahead. “To achieve
Infrastructure New Zealand’s vision of world class infrastructure we need more
women in leadership, governance and across key roles in our industry.
Infrastructure only exists to deliver key outcomes for people and to respond to
community needs, so the voices of all
of our society need to be heard if we are to have a more inclusive, future
proofed and well performing industry.”
Board Chair Margaret Devlin said it was encouraging to see the wide range of
initiatives members had planned for International Women’s Day but urged the
industry to maintain momentum. “It is really important that this momentum
continues and embraced by all those who operate in the infrastructure sector.
Of course, diversity is but one side of the equation, we also need to focus on
inclusion. Only focusing on diversity without also taking steps to address
inclusion will fail to create or sustain meaningful change in this very
critical area. So, whilst much has been done, there is more to be done by all
members of Infrastructure NZ.”
Women’s Infrastructure Network will be celebrating International Women’s Day
with networking events in Auckland and Waikato. Sarah
will be speaking as part of a panel on the Future of Work hosted by British
New Zealand Business Association and Hesketh Henry, for International Women’s
Day, alongside Sarah Trotman, ONZM, Member at Waitemata Local Board of Auckland
Council; Margaret Cox, former Irish Government Senator for 10 years and
Charlotte Lockhart, 4 Day Week Global Foundation.
NZ member organisations are planning a raft of celebration activities for
International Women’s Day, including panel discussions, staff networking
events, internal and external communications and even a photography exhibition.
NZ applauds these member organisations and many others who are taking a
proactive approach with diversity and inclusion initiatives within their
organisation. “Ensuring the infrastructure sector is reflective of the wider
community, and is attractive to the best and brightest minds no matter to whom
they belong, will ensure we have a bright future.” says Sarah Lang.
For further information and
comment contact Paul Blair on 021 902 436.