The Australian Federal Police have FINALLY put measures in increase the (embarrassingly low) proportion of female officers, to 50 percent over the next 10 years.
AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin made the announcement today and told the ABC that one in five uniformed staff are women.
“It’s not just surprising, it’s disappointing that…less than 20 per cent of our sworn uniformed staff are women.
We’ve set a range of targets. We’ve said that within a decade, we want to have a 50 per cent ratio [within] the AFP, women to men,” he said.
It’s about time, we imagine in such a male dominated field and culture, it’ll be a difficult task, but we believe in you AFP!
“This will be uncomfortable at times, but it’s important work. Real reform, real change is uncomfortable” Colvin said.
That’s the spirit.
Colvin also revealed to the ABC, these stats across the workforce:
- 35 per cent of all staff are women
- Fewer than 20 per cent of uniformed staff are women
- 15 of 84 senior leaders are women
As you can see, the stats are pretty terrible, but 10 years is a long time to make huge changes. Girl power!