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104 Male Directors. 13 Women. Can Do Better

104 Male Directors. 13 Women. Can Do Better
July 15
18:01 2017

As women in Fiji break glass ceilings in their various professions, the seat on the board as a director is a glass ceiling that is hard to break

But Fiji is not alone. It’s a world-wide phenomenon for most developing countries.

A look at the number of women directors versus male directors in the listed companies on the South Pacific Stock Exchange shows this reality.

There are 13 women directors compared to 104 male directors in 19 companies listed.

To address this, the SPSE developed a programme with support from the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI).

The Women in Leadership two-day programme provided training for 26 women nominated by 17 Fijian companies. They discussed topics such as governance, risk management, effective communication, constructing support systems, and the transition to leadership roles.

The aim is to recognis e that a lack of gender diversity in leadership positions and on boards hinders both economic and social development.

Lynette Mayne, Valerie Mosley and Vijaya Nagarajan facilitated the training.

We spoke to some of the women who took part in the programme:

 

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