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Inclusion, Diversity Good For Human Flourishing: Curr

Embracing women does not mean reducing opportunities for men, says New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr.
10 Mar 2020 09:35
Inclusion, Diversity Good For Human Flourishing: Curr
New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr with staff members and guests at the High Commissioner’s residence on March 9, 2020.

Embracing women does not mean reducing opportunities for men, says New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr.

Commemorating International Women’s Day at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s residence yesterday, Mr Curr said he did not agree with the notion that elevating women meant the downtrodden of men.

“It is about recognising that diversity and inclusion in our workplaces, communities, society at large are a really good thing for human flourishing,” Mr Curr said.

“You look at the number of really prominent international chief executives who are talking about how increasing diversity amongst their workforce, executive teams have meant increases to the bottom line, more profitability, new innovations in ways of doing things, greater attention being given towards caring for staff and their wellbeing, which are in turn encouraging them to be more productive.”

He said people should be lifting each other up and men should be confident enough to know that helping the cause of gender equality did not mean that they were being diminished in their professional lives.

Mr Curr also spoke about the glass ceiling that still exists for women in their professions and how vital partnerships with men were in breaking that.

Also present as a guest was Republic of Fiji Military Forces Colonel Litea Seruiratu, who joined the army in 1988 and became Fiji’s first female colonel in 2016.

Mr Curr said Colonel Seruiratu was a perfect example of someone who broke through the glass ceiling and made achievements in what was a male dominated world.

New Zealand Defence Force Squadron Leader Libby Reardon said people needed to be reminded that everyone benefited from equal opportunities.

International Women’s Day was celebrated worldwide on March 8 this year.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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