Women working in the Victorian planning, environment and sustainability sectors are about to be recognised and more easily engaged thanks to a new directory specifically for professionals in the industry.
The newly formed Professional Environmental Women’s Association (PEWA) is creating the directory in line with the organisation’s objective to encourage and assist women to take up leadership positions in the industry.
PEWA co-founder and Hall & Wilcox Partner, Natalie Bannister, said establishing the directory would give women working in the industry greater visibility and greater access to opportunities they may not have been available previously.
“PEWA provides the forum for women to not only network and share knowledge, but to also direct opportunities to other women they meet working in the sector. The directory is a tool to help facilitate that.
“We really want to help women get to the top of their professions in the planning and environment sector by giving them an opportunity to be included in the directory.
Ms Bannister said the directory was a direct call to action by women, for women, in the context of the rise of the executive women’s movement.
“Statistics are showing that despite our best efforts, women are still underrepresented in senior positions in Australia.
“In fact, the ABS recently reported that the percentage of women CEOs in the top 200 ASX companies has remained below five per cent for the last decade. And there’s no reason for this. Women have the credentials, the potential, the ability and the desire to take up these leadership positions.
“So PEWA itself, and now the PEWA Directory, are borne out of the frustration that we’re still having the debate and we’re just not seeing the results.
“At every PEWA event, co-founders Lotte Hoekstre from United Energy, Alice Skipper from Zinfra and I encourage women to look around and meet other women in the same industry, and the next time they have a job, to give a woman a go,” Ms Bannister said.
The PEWA Directory is an opt-in listing of professional women in the planning, environment and sustainability industry in Victoria, but the association is looking to extend the scope of the directory nationally in the near future.
The free directory will be available to download at http://www.hallandwilcox.com.au shortly after Christmas.
There is no cost associated with being included in the directory.