Queensland business leaders "Take the Pledge" for International Women's Day
6 March 2015
A group of Queensland’s most prominent male business and public sector leaders have called on their peers and colleagues to take the ‘HeForShe’ pledge to show their support of women and gender equality this International Women’s Day.
The leaders from AP Eagers, Aurizon, Ausenco, Bank of Queensland, Cardno , McCullough Robertson, Queensland Public Sector, Super Retail Group, and University of Queensland who are part of the Queensland Male Champions of Change (QMCC), have committed to the UN Women’s HeForShe pledge.
The men that have signed the pledge are Martin Ward, CEO AP Eagers; Lance Hockridge, Managing Director & CEO, Aurizon; Zimi Meka, CEO of Ausenco; Jon Sutton, Managing Director & CEO, Bank of Queensland; Graham Yerbury, Acting CEO, Cardno; Dominic McGann, Chairman of Partners, McCullough Robertson; Dave Stewart, Director-General (interim), Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Peter Birtles; CEO, Super Retail Group; and Iain Watson, Executive Dean Law, Commerce and Economics, University of Queensland
The pledge coincides with week-long events in Queensland’s business calendar in honour of International Women’s Day.
Aurizon Managing Director & CEO Lance Hockridge said the global HeForShe campaign epitomised the fundamental principle behind the QMCC group, which is to raise awareness of men’s role in achieving gender equality.
“Gender equality is not just a women’s issue and the pace of change on this issue has been severely lacking. Without the proactive support and advocacy of men with the power to effect change, the fight for equal rights will not be achieved here in Queensland or elsewhere,” Mr Hockridge said.
Peter Birtles, Group Managing and Chief Executive Officer added: “No longer can men remain impassive spectators to gender inequality. As leaders we have a responsibility to drive positive intervention and instil measures which promote gender inclusion and equality across our industry and community. Redressing the imbalance requires individuals to take action on a local level to effect change on a global scale. Collectively, we can make a tremendous impact.”
“The target in 2015 is to recruit 100,000 Australian men to pledge their support for the HeForShe campaign, and the Queensland business community can step up and play a major role in achieving this target,” said Jon Sutton, Managing Director & CEO, Bank of Queensland.
UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign asks men to take active steps in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. In 2015, it aims to recruit 100,000 Australian men to pledge their support for the campaign and commit to the HeForShe Champion Actions.
The HeForShe pledge “Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue that requires my participation. I commit to take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls.” can be taken on the UN Women website https://support.unwomen.org.au/heforshe-pledge
The QMCC is a cooperative of CEOs, Managing Directors and senior leaders that formed in late 2013 to put gender diversity on the business agenda in Queensland. The group recognise the importance of leadership commitment to gender diversity and building inclusive cultures in their organisations, and have taken a public stand on the issue.
Note to Editors:
The Queensland Male Champions of Change are:
- AP Eagers – Martin Ward, CEO
- Aurizon – Lance Hockridge, Managing Director & CEO
- Ausenco – Zimi Meka, CEO
- Bank of Queensland – Jon Sutton, Managing Director & CEO
- Cardno – Graham Yerbury, Acting CEO
- McCullough Robertson – Dominic McGann, Chairman of Partners
- Queensland Public Sector – Dave Stewart, Director-General (interim), Department of the Premier and Cabinet
- Super Retail Group – Peter Birtles, CEO
- Thiess – Bruce Munro, Managing Director
- University of Queensland – Iain Watson, Executive Dean Law, Commerce and Economics
- Wesfarmers Resources – Stewart Butel, Managing Director
For further detail
Aurizon External Relations
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