Diversity & Leadership

Gender Action Plan: Bringing the Private Sector on Board

World Bank Managing Director Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala formally launched a Private Sector Leaders Forum (PSLF) with IFC Executive Vice President Lars Thunell and World Bank Vice President Danny Laipziger at the World Economic Forum January 2009 summit in Davos, Switzerland. This innovative public-private partnership is the latest initiative of Gender Equality as Smart Economics, the World Bank Group’s Gender Action Plan (GAP).
 

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http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTGENDER/Resources/GAPNewsletterSpring09.pdf

Women in Management, A Global Comparison

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http://www.catalyst.org/publication/215/women-in-management-global-comparison
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Goal of New Index Series is to Advance Gender Equality

Pax World and KLD launch an index series sponsored by the international Finance Corporation to increase gender empowerment. The objective in five indices in the IF Gender Index series is to increase interest among corporations and investors in gender empowerment.
 

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http://www.socialfunds.com/news/article.cgi/2645.html

Women Promoters Beat Big Daddies

According to a Sunday ET study, nine listed companies managed by prominent women promoters fared better than the top 30 firms listed in the Bombay Stock exchange in year-on-year growth rates for the last five years.
 

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News-By-Company/Corporate-Trends/Women-promoters-beat-big-daddies/articleshow/4240125.cms

Advancing Women in the Global Marketplace

This report stems from Advancing Women in the Global Marketplace, a meeting and consultation which explored the role of business in improving the status of women around the world. The event and workshop brought together representatives of business, civil society, academia, labor, governments, and the UN to develop a more coherent vision of the many ways in which business can help to empower women and advance gender equality.
 

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http://unglobalcompact.org/docs/news_events/Bulletin/AdvanceWomen_Report.pdf

UN Global and UNIFEM Consider International Application of The Calvert Women’s Principles

The Calvert Women’s Principles (CWP) were a focal point of a forum convened by the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), entitled Advancing Women in the Global Marktplace.
 

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http://calvert.com/newsarticle.html?keepleftnav=news&article=14330

Planning for Tomorrow’s Boardroom: Making Room for More Women

A consistent pattern shown by these data is that larger companies are more likely than smaller companies to have one or more women on their boards of directors, a fact that has been documented by all ION members every year.
 

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http://boarddirectorsnetwork.org/docs/IonBrochure.pdf

Gender is a Hot Topic in Asia Too

Asia is probably the region of the world that is both furthest ahead and farthest behind on the gender issue. In Singapore, many women are in management, while in Japan, less than 10% of management positions are held by women. Yet in both locations, the issue of gender is emerging as a key business lever.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/816-0-hot-topic-in-asia-too.html

The Ever Increasing Majority of Women Graduates

According to a recent OECD report, Higher Education to 2030, women will become an even larger majority of the graduate talent pool in only one decade. Companies are already having to ensure that they don’t swing the gender balance too far in favor of women. However, it must be noted that women primarily study the social sciences, while men study engineering.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/778-0-trend-of-women-as-the-majority-of-talented-will-continue.html

Half the Talent: Unrealistic Expectations Prevent Women in the Netherlands from Reaching the Top

Top Managers in the Netherlands believe that the only way to reach the top for a woman is to act like a man without showing it. Senior managers currently are reluctant to recruit new women top managers.
 

URL: 
http://www.20-first.com/806-0-unrealistic-expectations-prevent-women-in-the-nertherlands-from-reaching-the-top.html
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