By ‘watching women win’ we can shine a light on and celebrate achievements experienced by women – from the top sporting echelons of the Olympics and Paralympics, to women who are winning everyday by making it to the gym, pursuing their side hustle or returning to study to improve their whānau’s future. By doing this, by having an action-orientated approach applied to everything we do, we can all make a difference to this generation of New Zealanders and those to come.
On a personal level, working within the ANZ team has meant I’ve been inspired through the hard work of others over some incredibly challenging years. Their dedication to looking after our people and communities has made me a better leader.
I’ve been supported by key people in my career and my journey to take on my first CEO role: my husband unwaveringly supports my dreams, offers me a safe place to download, keeps me grounded and gives me perspective; my mother still inspires me as one of only a handful of women to be admitted to the High Court in the 1960s; my colleagues who champion my successes and encouraged me to put my hand up – sometimes even putting my hand up for me.
As a member of Global Women, I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a bevy of supportive, inspirational and like-minded women who have shared failures, lessons and successes to help me overcome my many doubts.
This research shows fly-by-night campaigns to tell people off or highlight past injustices, pitching men against women, isn’t the answer. Instead, celebrating girls and women in their daily successes and wins is a better approach.
As one of the country’s largest employers, we’re committed to help create change and make a difference for the next generation of New Zealanders.
At the centre of the research findings is the idea that visibility is important: “If you can see it, you can be it”.
We need to be optimistic and celebratory in our encouragement. The manifesto in this report sets out how we plan to make this our new normal.
I encourage you to join us in standing beside the girls and women in our lives and champion them daily in big and small ways – whether it’s a gentle encouraging hand on their back to guide them forward into a new opportunity, enabling them to give sport or other activities a go or being their biggest fan cheering from the side line.
Antonia Watson is CEO and Group Executive – New Zealand at ANZ
Click here to read the full Watch Women Win report