Giving Compass’ Take:
• Devex interviews former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, who expresses support for the #MeToo movement and talks about the progress being made for gender equality.
• How can we support more women leaders? How can donors help fund programs that focus on female empowerment?
• To learn about what impact investments you can make in this area, click here.
During her speech at the Asian Development Bank a week ago, Helen Clark asked: “Are the gender gaps reducing as we near the end of the second decade of the 21st century?”
The short and depressing answer is no. In fact, according to the World Economic Forum’s forecasts and shared by Clark, it would take 217 years to achieve gender parity on pay, senior leadership, and participation in the workplace, and 99 years to achieve parity in parliament.
And amid some progress in some sectors, women in leadership positions, she said, continue to be a “rare commodity” across the world. Many glass ceilings remain, including at the United Nations where Clark, known for breaking barriers throughout her career, failed to win her Secretary-General bid in 2016.
But there are ways to tackle those obstacles, and different stakeholders have a role to play in making them happen, said the former prime minister of New Zealand and the United Nations Development Programme’s first and only female administrator in its over-half-a-century history.
Read the full interview with Helen Clark about creating more opportunities for women by Jenny Lei Ravelo at Devex International Development.
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