Gender equity has always been an important issue for me. My mother is a huge role model in my life and she did not get the opportunities that have been afforded to me. My wife is a big inspiration to me and she gave up a stellar career in the Australian Foreign Service to raise our kids. I want my daughters to be able to attain whatever career goals they choose without imposed barriers. Diversity of skills, critical thinking and opinion are just some of the benefits that stem from achieving gender equity in the workplace.
As the representative body of the WA resources sector, CME takes female participation in the workforce very seriously, and this is reflected in the fact that 80 per cent of CME’s staff are female. In order for gender equity to be achieved across all workplaces, executive management must lead by example. If they don’t, then it is extremely unlikely that employees will take action.