It will of course require more than a bronzed statue of a strong-willed girl taking on the bull of Wall Street to force a sustained and amplified role for women in the upper echelons of the corporate world. But, how far have we come globally in opening c-suites and corporate board rooms to women?
On average, during the period from 2008 to 2014, the participation rate of women on corporate boards increased in most of the publicly traded corporations included in major equity indices. Some notable differences emerge when accounting for gender quotas and industry trends:
As the girl on Wall Street serves to renew interest and fervor over gender equality in the corporate world, we keep an eye on representation in government as well. Governments can further corporate-led initiatives with government-backed funding, programs, and legislation to enable progress on training opportunities, equal pay, and work-life balance to build and sustain female engagement in all levels of business. The devil is in the details—policies and regulations sort of details—but it is promising that as with corporate boards, during the last two decades, the share of women parliamentarians has doubled, increasing from 10.8 percent in 1997 to 21.2 percent in 2016.
The Commission will address as its priority theme ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’. In addition, it will evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from the fifty-eighth session (2014) on ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls’ ThemesPriority theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of workReview theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)Emerging issue/Focus area: The empowerment of...
In 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a wide-sweeping reform and economic growth plan to address female foeticide in India under a campaign called, “Educate the Girl, Save the Girl”. Through the empowerment of women, Prime Minister Modi sought to stop female feoticide, a practice which has grown in India over the last few decades as fetus imaging technology to confirm the gender of the fetus has developed and become more broadly available. As a result, while the overall ratio of females to males (feminity ratio) in India has gradually improved, the ratio among newborn babies has deteriorated. In the mid-1970s, the ratio of...
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Date of Event: 8-12 February 2016 Event Holder: UN Economic and Social Council Description: The Executive Board governs the operational activities of UN-Women and provides operational policy guidance to the Entity.