Women's Leadership in Public Life:
Fostering Diversity for Inclusive Growth
2-4 April 2014, OECD Conference Centre, Paris
Women’s participation in economic and public life, including having a say in decisions that affect their lives, plays a key role in economic growth, equitable governance and public trust from the community level to policymaking circles. Fully leveraging women’s talent and leadership in the global economy, politics and society strengthens a country and region’s development potential. Indeed, equal access of both men and women to economic opportunities, including in the public sector -- often the biggest national employer -- contributes to more equitable sustainable economic growth. Moreover, when public decision-makers closely represent the societies they serve, they enjoy greater public trust, and focus more on issues such as human development, gender-based violence and public service delivery. Only when government policies, from education and health to job creation and finance, integrate diverse perspectives by listening to both men and women can they generate inclusive outcomes and enable equal access to economic and social opportunities.
This Global Forum will provide a unique opportunity to engage with leading actors from government, parliaments, justice institutions, civil society and business worldwide, to explore concrete actions on the following challenges:
- Closing gender gaps in public life
- Strengthening women’s voice
- Increasing the inclusiveness of policy making and programme delivery
The discussions will provide input to the OECD Gender Initiative, the OECD Development Strategy and the Organisation’s contribution to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals on Gender Equality.
More information on the agenda is available in the Global Forum flyer.
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