so our minister of women's affairs tells us of a survey showing that sexism is the biggest barrier for women working in the dairy industry:
Speaking at the Dairy Women’s Network Annual Conference in New Plymouth, Mrs Wong said New Zealand’s biggest export earner would do well to look at how women in the industry could contribute more to its future.
“The dairy industry is New Zealand’s largest industry, and women make up one-third of its workforce. I believe there is a real opportunity for women to become more involved at a managerial level,” says Mrs Wong....
“I welcome the Dairy Women's Network decision to make it a top priority to find ways to break down these barriers. Women are critical to the future of New Zealand's dairying industry. They need to be acknowledged as active contributors at all levels.”
well, yes minister, but what are YOU actually going to DO about this? any policy initiatives? and reforms in the pipeline? we already know what needs to happen, what we need are the steps that will help to make it happen. that's what someone in your position is well equipped to provide, given that you have a ministry full of experienced and knowledgable people and a budget that can be put towards policy development. you should be taking the lead, or at least announcing some concrete initiatives that support the work of the dairy women's network.
talking is just not enough any more.