Women's Business “What You Need to Know" - AWCCI


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Women's Business “What You Need to Know"

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I am always surprised by the amount of people that say: I'm shocked when they hear the statistics, and the appalling lack of representation businesswomen have in Australia. 

People often ask why I gave birth to the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AWCCI). The truth of the matter is that many of us are driven my acts of inequality and we are fervent about helping women help themselves for the good of their economic independence and to improve our communities. 

Today women in Australia have NO representation at any of the tables where the decisions are being made about business issues. To us this is unacceptable and should NOT be tolerated. Shocking as it is, these are the facts. 

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), which purport to be the peak council of Australian business associations has no women on their board even though there are more than 800 000 women running their own business.

Although the AWCCI has requested to meet with the ACCI to work together for the good of the economy and our communities, after sending emails for a three month period we received the following response:

Thank you for your emails. I also thank Corinne Kemp [AWCCI Chair] for her emails ... Your request for a meeting has been brought to the attention of Mr Anderson [ACCI CEO]. Should Mr Anderson seek to meet, we will be in touch.

Is it really possible that in the 21st Century this is the kind of attitude women have to put up with? Is it any wonder then women are leaving the corporate world in droves and starting their own business? Is it any wonder that no one has ever done a national research project on businesswomen in Australia to find out what women need and want? 

Are some men really so ignorant that they are still ignoring women even though women have the power of the purse and account for 51% of the population?

The message from Veda Goldstein, Suffragist (1869-1949) remains the same 70 years later, and I reiterate: All the men cannot represent one woman as adequately as one woman can represent all women.

I plea with each one of you; If you care about the future of this country and you care about your sons and daughters, and you want to prevent another GFC, you need to have a say; stand up and be counted. The AWCCI is working for you, we are here to help and represent women business owners.

There is strength in numbers, so please join us as an AWCCI member and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. If you are able to make a small donation, please do so; we are an apolitical not-for-profit organisation. 

Together we can move forward; divided we will continue to struggle.

Have a fab week and remember to take care of you!


Yolanda Vega 

June, 2011


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