Greater gender equality essential for economic recovery


11/12/12 - New evidence showing how gender equality is essential for a fairer society and stronger global economy, will be presented by the OECD at a Gender Forum in Paris on 17 December 2012.

Despite worldwide progress in education, huge gaps remain in employment and entrepreneurship. Women continue to earn less than men and are less likely to make it to the top of the career ladder, but more likely to spend their final years in poverty.

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría  will present the findings, contained in a new report on Closing the Gender Gap, at a news conference with France’s Minister of Women's Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, at 11.00 a.m. on Monday 17 December 2012 at the OECD.

The Gender Forum, which will be opened by Mr Gurría at 09.00 a.m, is open to media. Ministers from a number of OECD countries , as well as representatives from businesses and trade unions - including  Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress - will discuss what governments and the private sector should do to achieve greater gender equality and improve  economic opportunities for women.

The following media events are planned:

Berlin – 10.30 a.m. - Friday 14 December – webcast media briefing (under embargo until 11.00 Monday 17 December) with Monika Queisser, OECD head of Social Policy. To register, email

Washington – 12.30 p.m. Eastern Time – Monday 17 December - webcast media briefing with Willem Adema, Senior Economist of the OECD’s Social Policy division. Register online at For assistance, please email

To register for this event or request an embargoed  copy of the report:  Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now, journalists should contact Spencer Wilson of the OECD’s Media division (tel. + 33 1 45 24 81 18).

Country notes will be available for Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

These will sent upon request together with the report on Thursday 13 December. In asking to receive the report under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures.

The report is embargoed until 11.00 Paris time (10.00 GMT) Monday 17 December.


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