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Diversity Counts! Or does it?

Pamela Young - Monday, August 30, 2010
Two weeks ago I addressed an audience at a Corporate Gender Equality Summit held in Sydney, Australia.  Disappointingly only about 5% of the audience was male.

What needs to be done to change this sad reality that only women care about this subject. 

The recent ASX guidelines requiring listed companies to report on the number and roles of women may have shamed corporate Australia into adding 'achieve greater diversity' to its goals...yet the behaviour has yet to follow the sentiment.  Businesses should look to send male business managers to these conferences to learn about overcoming the blockages, not the women who hold the diversity roles and already understand the issues and are working to address them.

Was it Einstein who said "Only a fool does the same thing over and over expecting a different result"?

Clearly more female leadership is required too.   More women need to actively help other woman - without pulling up the corporate ladder behind them when they reach the top.  More men and women ought to work together to work on 'how to go forward together'.  Women don't need men to fix things for them...just to acknowledge the blockages and remove them.

As a specialist in identifying blockages to achieving change in country cultures and corporate cultures, I believe it is time to get to the bottom of the Australian culture - to identify the basic assumptions held by men and women about the roles of men and women - and address those that keep women in this country from enjoying equality.

Then we need courageous people to lead the change.

What do you believe?

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