The UN Women International Women’s Day theme for 2022 is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.
We asked some of our women experts how they could see women contributing, and what this meant to them in relation to their area(s) of expertise or interest.
Female CEOs and leaders lead from a sense of purpose and their belief that their company could have a positive impact on the community, employees, and the world around them (Korn Ferry). This is leadership for social and environmental sustainability. Great leadership development opportunities can play a large role in ensuring women are equipped, supported and encouraged to make their contribution.”
Dr Kate Joyner, Leadership Development
Complex issues like climate change require many disparate voices to be heard. Women around the world are often well-placed to bring people together, and lead through the dual qualities of compassion and wisdom (a powerful formula for positive influence and change).”
Dr Danica Hooper, Leadership
Historical development models have focused on short-term profit and competition. The role of women and girls in forging more ethical leadership will be key to building a more peaceful, sustainable and inclusive future…”
Prof Melinda Edwards, Law and Ethics
There’s a saying that we can Lead from any Chair1 which provides us with a powerful invitation to reflect, communicate and make our voice heard, irrespective of the position we occupy. So today, ask yourself, how does your current narrative advance gender equality? What is the future chapter you are yet to write to play your part in building a more sustainable future for all?”
Dr Fran Finn, Leadership Coaching
There is no doubt that empowering women today through equal access to healthcare, education and employment opportunities will strengthen our capacity as communities to flourish tomorrow. Alarmingly, lack of safety in domestic settings, pay inequality and poor health outcomes are still prevalent for many women and their families across our country and the globe. Together we can work to enable equality today to enhance everyone’s tomorrows.”
Dr Cathy See, Leadership Coaching
Collaboration is a key strength that women bring to the table and what better skill to address the challenges of climate change. Creating the opportunity for women to share their perspectives and to give voice to their ideas will support building a more sustainable future for us all.
QUT offers programs for women including the Pathways to Politics program to build the confidence and capability for women to close the gender gap and to make a strong and recognised contribution to the challenges we face together.”
Prof Vicky Browning, Leadership
What an amazing group of women, just part of our QUTeX team.
1 Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander “Leading from any Chair”.