so i recently got the email below from the ministry of women's affairs. it seems that the last honours list was pretty obviously lacking women, particularly at the top. i'm not particularly impressed with the changed honours system, which i wrote about last year here. nonetheless, there are plenty of wonderful women out there making a huge difference to their communities and their professions. so if you know of someone, feel free to encourage them. i helped someone through the process a few years ago and it was great to see her successfully awarded.
The Ministry of Women’s Affairs is seeking your assistance to identify and nominate women for the 2011 New Year Honours List.
In the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, only 31 percent of the 172 recipients were women (53 women). It is important that worthy women are brought to the attention of the Appointments and Honours Committee who decide on the list, and so we are asking for your assistance.
How you can help If you know of a woman deserving of an Honour, please submit a nomination form identifying her to the Honours Secretariat. You can find everything you need to know about the nominating process here.
From the Honours Secretariat website: “It is important that you provide as much information as possible about your nominee and the reasons for which recognition is sought. You should state how your nominee has contributed to the community and explain how they have made a difference to their community or field of work, whether they have demonstrated innovation or entrepreneurship, improved the lives of others, or exemplified selfless voluntary service.”
It is important that you, or someone even closer to the nominee, fills out the nomination form. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs can only provide publicly available information at best, which does not always give a complete enough picture of the nominee to be awarded an Honour.
The closing date for nominations for the 2011 New Year Honours List is 1 August 2010. We realise this deadline is not far away, but applications submitted after this date will be considered for the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. More information on Women on Boards is on our website.