BY MAXINE KAMUS
Business communities offer greater opportunities for women to take on leadership roles than the political sphere.
The proportion of women board directors and chief executive officers in the Pacific is significantly higher than women members in Parliament (MPs).
This is according to the Leadership Matters: Benchmarking Women in Business Leadership in the Pacific report that was conducted by the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSID) and undertaken in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, the Government of Australia and New Zealand.
Private Sector Development Initiative (PSID) report presenter Rosanda Kora said that in PNG there are currently no women in Parliament yet the report found that in a sample of 50 organisations women hold 19 per cent of board positions, four per cent of board chair positions and comprised five per cent of chief executive officers.
Ms Kora said data from the report was collected from 274 organisations, 50 was in PNG and the figures in the report compared favourably with global rates of representation but are lower than the Pacific regional average of 21 per cent for board directors, 11 per cent for board chairs and 13 per cent of chief executive officers.
She said the highest levels of women’s representative were in PNG industry associations, in retail, finance and tourism sectors.
“The report notes that there is considerable variation in women’s representation in leadership by organisations types in PNG,” she said.
“From the report 33 per cent of director positions in the industry associations are held by women and 23 per cent of director positions in public listed companies are also held by women.