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RANZCOG commits to diversity, equity and inclusion

16 November 2020

RANZCOG’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been strengthened, after the passing of a Special Resolution at last week’s annual general meeting.
 
The Special Resolution of Constitution amendments passed at the meeting has revised the term of office for the President, Board, Council and Council Committees from a three to a two-year term, starting from November 2021.
 
This change will remove a significant deterrent for busy clinicians to participate in College governance, particularly women who shoulder the childrearing and parenting burden, and are often the carers for elderly parents.
 
Other changes passed as part of the Special Resolution means:
 
  • A permanent voting position on Council for the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee. 
 
  • A permanent voting position on Council for the Chair of He Hono Wāhine. One of the three New Zealand elected positions on Council will become a position for a Māori Fellow, who will be elected by Māori Fellows. These two Māori positions on the Council will provide a strong voice and reflect RANZCOG’s commitment to its obligations as a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner.
 
These changes will encourage members to get involved in College governance in an equitable and inclusive and diverse way, and contribute to College matters. The College’s commitment to Indigenous peoples in Australia and New Zealand has also been strengthened.



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