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Morning all - greetings from the Australian High Commission (in lockdown) in Mauritius!
Good Morning all, Liezelle from the Institute for Security Studies, South Africa
Greetings from the IORA Secretariat in Mauritius. Great that our partnership with UN Women is helping fill the data gap in the Indian Ocean region.
If you have questions - please post them here and even if we don't have time to answer them on the event, we can revert to you afterwards.
How can we apply the concept presented to South East Asia context? As you may know, almost of SEA is developing countries so there are corruptions, gender-based discriminations and such.
I think finding advocates is really important - having conversations with individual business leaders, helping them understand why this is important - human rights and business benefits - and then asking them to pilot initiatives and programs that might be game changing for female talent
Julie and Celine, thanks so much for insights. Is it harder to make change in the public sector, which is usually slower to change than private? Can international cooperation (like through IORA) help motivate governments?
My experience is different in each country - in Australia, our government data is more progressive than our private sector data - but that is not consistent. Again - focusing on engaging leaders, setting targets and transparency and actively reporting on progress all helps
Small businesses often struggle to make progress when they only have a small number of staff - but still focusing on leadership culture, investing in female talent
Thanks again Julie, Celine and Leigh for the fascinating discussion and supporting efforts toward equality in the region!
Happy to be connected via linkedin if anyone wants to follow up with questions
Thank you so much Julie, Celine and Leigh for your very insightful webinar!