- Lions New Voices celebrates women’s contributions to Lions Clubs International.
- This initiative promotes gender parity by focusing on increasing the number of women in Lions Clubs, as well as closing the gap between men and women in leadership positions.
At Lions Australia, we are proud of all of the women who work with us and work hard in our Districts and Clubs, but we also know that we need to continue to encourage women of all ages to consider how Lions can support them in their own aims for community service and for leadership opportunities and development.
In 2018, Gudrun Yngvadottir was elected to serve as the International President of Lions Clubs – the first woman to hold the position.
Women are untapped resources for membership in Lions clubs.
The future of Lions is in the hands of our membership, and recruiting women will help Lions clubs thrive in the future.
We need more helping hands in our Lions clubs. We need a diversity of people of both genders, from all age groups and cultures. Women are taking leadership positions at all levels of our association.
The “New Voices” program continues that tradition by giving more voice to women and young people. I am proud to be the first woman to serve as Lions Clubs International President, and gratified that women are the fastest growing single segment of our worldwide membership.
Equally important is to recognise the input of young people.
Women make up the fastest growing demographic within Lions Clubs International. Women now constitute 25 percent of Lions club members worldwide, up from 13.7 percent in 2003.
While this is a remarkable achievement, there is still much to be done. Since women represent 51 percent of the world’s population, shouldn’t they constitute a similar
percentage of Lions worldwide membership?
We think so!