I have always believed in female leadership and with climate change and environmental destruction in a critical phase, it is becoming more and more apparent that we need a greater number of women in leadership roles to lead with compassion for ALL of humanity, not just for women.
Here are my top five reasons of why we need more gender balanced leadership in the world and that means more women.
1. To create a more compassionate society
Unfortunately due to unfair and limiting gender stereotypes, men have not been allowed to display compassion and kindness in their working and personal lives to the same extent that women have. Until this changes and we see a more balanced representation of compassion in men and women, we need more women to lead in every area of human life to create a kinder society.
2. To tackle climate destruction
Climate change, or more accurately climate destruction, is an ever-growing catastrophe, yet our mainly male-led governments continue to turn a blind eye to the urgency of the situation. We believe that women in general have a greater spiritual connection with Mother Earth, focusing on the greater picture and less on greed and over consumption. In the absence of governmental leadership, many women are becoming leaders in business and in their own communities and are leading at the sharp edge of climate change for the benefit of all of humanity.
To represent women
It's incredible to think just how under-represented women are in senior roles in society, whether it be in the political or the economic sphere. Women need to hear authentic female voices in public life to relate to and to role model. Women’s voices need to be heard when it comes to very real issues such as childcare, education and women’s health, subjects largely ignored in our public discourse by a gender imbalanced civic leadership.
4. To keep the peace
A common saying is that ‘if women ruled the world, we’d have world peace’ and I believe that there is a lot of truth in this statement. Our world desperately needs to find peace and end constant, expensive and deadly wars. I have worked with the British Armed Forces when judging the ‘Women in Defence awards’ and know that more and more, the armed forces are using the skills of women to focus on peace keeping and resolving conflicts through dialogue and peaceful engagement.
5. To transform our economy
As women, we have a unique relationship with Creation and understand that the Earth’s resources are finite. Our current economic model is highly destructive, and it’s critical that we move to a more sustainable capitalistic model. We believe that female-led businesses are and will continue to be at the forefront of the drive for responsible capitalism, rather than continuing with the short-sighted, smash and grab accumulative model of capitalism which we are currently living in and which has very little gender balance at the top where decisions are made.