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30% Women Representation On Boards: WEBC’s Five-year Plan

More women are expected to join their male counterparts on executive boards, and in entrepreneurial circles, in the next five years. “We want 30 per cent representation on any board,” Women Entrepreneurs and Business Council (WEBC) said yesterday.
13 Apr 2022 15:00
30% Women Representation On Boards: WEBC’s Five-year Plan
From left: Women Entrepreneurs Business Council chair, Eseta Nadakuitavuki, coordinator Fiona Dansey, and Women Invigorating the Nation (WIN) Convention Committee chairperson Sharyne Fong, following a post-convention press event in Suva, on April 12, 2022. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

More women are expected to join their male counterparts on executive boards, and in entrepreneurial circles, in the next five years.

“We want 30% representation on any board,” Women Entrepreneurs and Business Council (WEBC) said yesterday.

The call followed the success of its inaugural two-day Women Innovating the Nation (WIN) convention in Suva.

 

More women are expected to jump the professional queue, ahead of their men counterparts in about the same timeline, as the council reviews its strategic plans, council chair Eseta Nadakuitavuki said.

Her comments yesterday were among other objectives outlined as the way forward for WEBC.

“Women representation improved from 16 per cent at one stage,” she said.

 

“With the national elections on the horizon, we want women voters to give due consideration about who they will vote for where women composition is concerned.

“Our call to improve the number of women in positions of authority includes their representation in Parliament.”

“We also want women entrepreneurs to step up by joining corporate boards.”

 

The 18 outcomes of the WIN convention, which was held in Suva last month, will be inculcated into the council’s strategic plan, she said.

The WIN convention will now be an annual calendar event for the council, she said.

Mrs Nadakuitavuki said the archaic cooperative policy was also in need of a review, as the council worked to improve on the number of rural women in the entrepreneurial sphere.

 

The council has 150 financial members, with interest indicated from 50 new members, following the success of the convention, she said.

While lack of data remained a concern for the council, moves were afoot for more collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and the Registrar of Companies office, Ms Nadakuitavuki said.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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