Gender Issues Must Move to Heart of Davos Agenda

Despite the lack of gender issues on past agendas, ironically the forum’s annual Global Gender Gap report has become a trusted source of information on progress made – or the lack thereof – by the world’s nations towards gender parity. Its premise is that a nation’s well-being is correlated to the status of women. One has only to look at the top of the report’s rankings, dominated by Scandinavian countries, to see the connection. At the bottom of the 2009 list: Yemen.

The discourse at the forum itself, however, hasn’t been focused enough on the undervalued asset, in terms of human capital, represented by women and girls. Last year, during a Davos conversation on the collapse of Lehman Brothers, an investment bank, it was agreed that the 2008 economic crisis might have been averted had the firm been “Lehman Brothers and Sisters.”

Start of a longer article at http://www.womensenews.org/story/commentary/100126/gender-issues-must-move-heart-davos-agenda

See also: The Gender Agenda: Putting Parity into Practice http://www.forumblog.org/blog/2010/01/the-gender-agenda-putting-parity-into-practice.html
And video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-faj-HS_15s&feature=youtube_gdata

Plus: Microfinance Could Be Hazardous For Teenage Women http://www.womensenews.org/story/entrepreneurship/100115/microfinance-could-be-hazardous-teens



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