It is high time to recognize the leadership potential of women and to promote their equal participation in the spheres of power. Parity is a crucial issue in contemporary society and promoting women’s participation at all levels of leadership is one of the most effective ways to achieve it.
However, the reality is that women are still largely underrepresented in positions of power and leadership. Studies show that women make up only 7% of CEOs of major corporations and that only 24% of elected parliamentarians worldwide are women. This unequal representation in power is the result of gender bias, stereotypes, discrimination and unequal access to education and employment.
Yet women are competent and innovative leaders. They bring a unique perspective to decision making and are often more attentive to issues of social justice and equity. Companies and organizations that have women on their boards or executive teams tend to perform better and make more ethical and responsible decisions.
It is therefore imperative that we work together to encourage the participation of women in leadership positions. This means breaking down institutional and cultural barriers that limit their access to positions of power and leadership, recognizing their potential and value as leaders, and promoting training and mentoring for women leaders.
Ultimately, women’s leadership is about justice and equity. We must commit to creating equitable and inclusive environments where women have the same opportunities as men to succeed as leaders. By working together, we can create a more just and equal society where women are fully represented in spheres of power and leadership.
45 minutes + 10 minutes of Q&A