Chatham House’s annual International Policy Forum brings together some of the most influential leaders across the spectrum to explore innovative policy ideas for the G20.
1. Women and girls represent 50 per cent of the number of people living in poor households in developing countries and 53 per cent living in European countries.
‘It’s not just about women breaking the glass ceiling or women in board positions — it’s also about women at the grassroots’ says Neelam Chhiber, Managing Trustee, Industree Crafts Foundation, 2017.
2. Many women are excluded from economic decision-making within their own households and receive lower salaries than men in the workplace and also work longer hours.
Sarah Dawson, Senior Director, Sciterion, 201: ‘The international community is starting to discuss gender equality but it needs to be on the agenda.’
3. Women are often excluded from the labour market, do not have access to finances and are denied property rights. Closing the gender gap therefore is not only a fundamental human right but also smart economics.
Julie Linn Teigland, Regional Managing Partner, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, EY, 2017: ‘It takes fantastic role models that are terrific entrepreneurs. It takes fantastic political leaders and ministers to make great policy decisions. It takes strong business leaders to voice our support and to help find the right answer.’