It’s a pleasure to have been asked to write the foreword to this edition of the journal, particularly given the focus on the contribution of women. Across the world we recently celebrated International Women’s Day and the contribution women are making in all areas of
life. But we shouldn’t have to do this once a year, it should be something that we recognise and value every day. But even as we celebrate women’s success and achievement we confront the trauma and tragedy which millions of women live with every day. The reality of sexual violence and exploitation of women, the horror of living in conflict zones, the challenges of holding family together as refugees or displaced people, and dealing with ongoing harassment and discrimination. That is why this edition and subsequent editions of this journal is so important. I hope it will encourage young women to see that they can play a powerful role as influencers and as leaders through public service and administration. The possibilities are endless.
Chiefs of staff have the opportunity to work with leaders from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. They help to guide, negotiate, advise, consult. They bring experience, expertise and wisdom to bear when difficult decisions have to be made.
There are many different ways in which we can contribute to growing more equal and just societies. Becoming an excellent chief of staff and supporting change is one route.