The Queensland government will host a program of events encouraging women to pursue leadership and management roles, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced.
The events will be held at key locations in North, West and South East Queensland later this year, with more details yet to be announced.
Palaszczuk said gender parity on boards and in leadership positions must be encouraged across all industries and areas of the community.
“In our modern world, women’s voices must be heard at every level including in governments, workplaces and communities,” she said.
“Because the more women at the table – the more you change the conversation.
“It’s not acceptable that women make up half of Queensland’s population but do not share equal representation in leadership roles.”
The women in leadership events will aim to inspire women to go for senior roles in male dominated industries and sectors in particular, including the private sector.
Palaszczuk noted that less than 33% of ASX 200 company board positions are occupied by women.
“And while women make up half of the private sector workforce, only 18.3% of women are CEOs and 32.5% hold key management positions in the sector,” she said.
“We want to encourage community and corporate organisations, and non-government boards to set their own targets for gender parity and broader diversity in leadership.”
The state government set gender equity targets in 2015 when the number of women on government boards was just 31%. Now, women hold 54% of those positions, Palaszczuk noted.
Earlier this year the premier called for the establishment of a national women’s summit to address issues such as gender inequality, workplace sexual harassment, and affordable childcare.