Google: One of Australia's Best Places to Work Essay

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Gender inequality is a significant challenge for many nations in the world, counting those in the Pacific. A critical aspect of gender inequality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on economic opportunities, decision making and women’s well- being. In many Pacific island countries, it has taken decades for the enduring view that a women’s place in society is at home in accordance with spiritual beliefs, custom, tradition, and norms. Empowering women represents a diverse range of concepts and may vary widely among individuals, cultures and countries. This essay will examine the benefits of empowering women at an individual level, benefits which can be summarized as economic, political and social.
Firstly, economic empowerment is one
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Secondly, women can express the issues that affect them by participating and becoming more involved in policymaking, national parliaments and local government bodies especially Pacific women who are under- represented in the decision making environment. In order to make the process of women in nation building develop more quickly in the Pacific, there is a real need to have a focused leadership training program where a pool of future leaders are selected annually for specific training for future leadership roles in different areas of society. An interview with Mr. Vincent Walter Lobendahn, a Retired Fiji Government Minister was conducted. He concentrated mainly on the small nation state of Singapore. As said by Mr. Lobendahn, “Singapore focuses on the top ten percent of students who gain high passes in their final secondary/ high school examination every year. From those selected there are a higher percentage of young women who are offered leadership roles…. The women who had been included are now holding top jobs in government and In the private sector and their influence in society is progressing steadily”. As stated by the Australian Government AUSAid website, “women hold just five percent of the region’s parliamentary seat, compared to nearly twenty five percent In Australia”. In 1991 and 2006, eight women were elected in the House of Representatives (out of the total of 71 members), twice as many as 2001, but still well below a “critical mass””. (The

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