Where Are the Women at Davos?

Published: 27/01/2015

The Guardian, 24 January 2015

The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting focuses on equality and inclusion, but female delegates make up only 17% of the attendees
The portion of female participants at the World Economic Forum meeting is at the stunningly low level of 17% . Davos is both a victim and an indicator of its surrounding reality.
To find truly sustainable solutions for our global issues, we need to embrace more diversity in the process of developing those solutions. Only then can we expect to spearhead a new development or economic paradigm, or apply a new principle of social inclusion.

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World Economic Forum, 24 January 2015

Some key quotes from the Davos 2015 session Ending Poverty Through Parity, which asked: How can investing in women and girls accelerate progress on the new development goals?

“Patriarchy is bestowed on men at birth. Whether you want it or not, you have a privilege as a man, and you either fight against it and reject it by becoming a feminist man, or you enjoy the privileges that come with it.”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Undersecretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

“With technology, we can achieve universal access to secondary education within a generation.”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

“If you invest in a girl or a woman, you are investing in everybody else.”
Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

“Technology has brought many possibilities in education and health that are key to women.”
Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

“A critical issue for women is the possibility to be a mother and the ability to participate fully in the workforce.”
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

“We put a gender lens on our whole value chain.”
Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, United Kingdom

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