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More women on state sector boards

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/05/2016

There are more women on state sector boards and committees than ever before and the government is urging the private sector to catch up.

The latest gender stocktake report released by the Ministry for Women shows that at the end of December 43.4 per cent of board and committee members were women.

That compares with 41.7 per cent in December 2014.

"While women's participation on public sector boards and committees has been over 40 per cent for the past decade, the private sector still lags behind at only 17 per cent," said Women's Minister Louise Upston.

"Having women at the board table isn't just about numbers - it's about better decision-making, organisational resilience and the economic and productivity gains that come from gender balance in leadership."

The Human Rights Commission says until last year the percentage of women on state sector boards and committees had been "essentially stagnant" and it's welcoming the increase.

"At this current rate of progress, I'm confident that we will be able to reach the government's 45 per cent target by the end of 2017," said Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue.

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