Deeply Talks: Women’s Advancement in 2018, Dispatch from Davos

On our first episode of the year, we lay out the crucial issues on women’s economic advancement that we will examine in 2018, and discuss how #WEF18 did on gender this year, with a live dispatch from Davos.

Written by Megan Clement, Jumana Farouky, Jihii Jolly Published on Read time Approx. 1 minutes
The co-chairs of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, IBM Chairperson and CEO Ginni Rometty, Founder and Chair of Mann Deshi Foundation Chetna Sinha, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Director-General Fabiola Gianotti, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary Sharan Burrow and ENGIE CEO Isabelle Kocher attend a session of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting on January 23, 2018, in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

While the World Economic Forum estimates the gender gaps in health and education to be more than 90 percent closed, the economic gender gap is only 58 percent closed, and progress is slipping backward. At the current rate of change, the gap will not close for another two centuries.

In our first Deeply Talks call of 2018, we discussed the launch of our newest platform, Women’s Advancement Deeply, which will focus on women’s economic advancement in the developing world.

Managing editor Megan Clement and senior editor Jumana Farouky laid out some of the crucial issues we’ll dig into in 2018, including the social, political and cultural barriers women and girls face in securing full economic equality.

Executive editor Lara Setrakian joined the call from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, providing a look back at the biggest discussions of the week with a focus on gender, in conversation with Alison Holder, director of Equal Measures 2030, who provided insights on what she hopes is ahead for data, systemic change and the future of WEF’s annual meetings.

Listen to the discussion here:

Deeply Talks is a regular feature, bringing together our network of readers and expert contributors to examine the latest developments on issues affecting women and girls in the developing world. To be notified of future Deeply Talks, make sure you are signed up to the Women’s Advancement Deeply newsletter.

 

 

 

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