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OECD Forum – Contribution by Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Communication, Connection, Community: Why a woman’s place is politics

With gender imbalances across politics, business and academia, at the current rate of progress we are almost a century away from global gender parity. Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President and Founder of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum, discusses why we need female political leaders and we can do to get them.

99 years ago, World War I ended and the League of Nations founded; the first Oreo cookie was baked and the pop-up toaster patented. It is the stuff of history books.

According to the latest World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report, it will take another 99 years for the world to consign inequality in political representation to history – if the past trajectory, measured since 2006, remains at its current speed, that is. But the last three years have seen a significant roll-back: the number of years to the time that women and men have the same rights and opportunities is increasing, not decreasing…

Read more at the OECD Forum.