Chatham House International Policy Forum
Elizabeth Isele was invited to participate in Chatham House's International Policy Forum, "Empowering Women for Economic Growth: the Smart Choice for the G20," at One Whitehall Place, London, 11-12 July 2016.
Chatham House established The International Policy Forum on Gender-Inclusive Growth to explore, and eventually promote, innovative policies which will advance gender-inclusive growth in G20 countries. The IPF brought together senior policy-makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, scholars and journalists to assess progress towards gender equality, monitor commitments and provide recommendations to the G20 countries.
Awareness of barriers and efforts to eliminate them has increased in recent years. Progress, however, is still very slow. The global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics has closed by 4% in the past 10 years, with the economic gap closing by just 3%, suggesting it will take another 118 years to close the gap completely (World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Report 2015).
Empowering women of all ages and promoting their participation in economic activity across all sectors is fundamental to achieving a sustainable growth - and it's unacceptable to have to wait an additional 118 years to achieve it!