The following text is taken from the YWCA of Adelaide’s recent press release.
SHE Speaks and then SHE Leads
A new survey will for the first time in Adelaide chart the leadership goals and barriers for young women aged 15-30 with the goal of increasing women’s participation in leadership.
SHE Speaks is YWCA of Adelaide’s annual young women’s leadership survey. It will launch in 2011 and become a trademark of the community organisation.
In South Australia today:
- of 13 Supreme Court Justices only 2 are women
- the gender pay gap is 13%
- there are 13 women Mayors out of 68 Councils
The State Strategic Plan has a 2014 Target of 50% women in executive roles in the public sector but at current growth rates, it will be more than 20 years before that Target is achieved.
“YWCA of Adelaide is committed to leading social and economic change so young women are able to achieve their leadership potential and enjoy not only equal opportunities but equal outcomes,” said YWCA of Adelaide Chief Executive Julian Roffe.
“We provide programs and services to develop young women’s leadership and we advocate on behalf of young women influencing government, business and community attitudes and actions. SHE Speaks will provide us with the insight we need to meet the modern needs of young women and their leadership aspirations.
“This is critical for the economic independence, safety, health and confidence of young women, families and communities. But it’s also crucial for business and the state’s economy as a whole. Studies show that organisations and companies with greater gender diversity at a senior level perform better financially.”
SHE Speaks will be launched each year on Equal Pay Day and the results will be released every International Women’s Day.
The inaugural SHE Speaks survey
will be launched by Mayor Miriam Smith
at 6pm on Thursday 1 September 2011
at Boho Bar 27 Unley Road, Parkside
SHE Speaks will be accessible on YWCA of Adelaide’s website www.ywca.com.au from 1 September until 31 October.
The survey results will be released on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012.