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Women and Work: A View from the World

5 April 2017 - 13:00 to 14:00

Chatham House, London


Shauna Olney, Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch, ILO
Henrietta Royle, Chief Operating Officer, British Bankers' Association
Andrew Rzepa, Managing Consultant, Gallup
Joanna Santinon, Partner, EY
Chair: Dr Paola Subacchi, Research Director, International Economics, Chatham House



Women make up half of the world’s population but only 40 percent of the global workforce - of which a disproportionate number are on part-time contracts. This discrepancy throws up a variety of questions: are women simply making a choice not to work or do systemic, societal influences and barriers make it difficult for them to enter the workplace? Are governments and businesses doing enough to support women into work? And, if not, are the obstacles that women experience when trying to get into the workforce the same globally or do they vary regionally?

This event will discuss the findings of the joint International Labour Organization and Gallup report Towards a Better Future for Women and Work: Voices of Women and Men which presents data from nearly 149,000 interviews undertaken across representative samples of the adult population in 142 countries in 2016. The panellists will discuss some of the particular issues women face when entering – and re-entering – the workforce. They will then try to identify key policies that are essential to achieving workplace gender equality and non-discrimination on a global level.