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Gender equality – how can rhetoric be turned into reality?
From career-based discrimination to crushing poverty and violence, women’s rights are routinely violated on a daily basis. Violence causes more death and disability worldwide amongst women aged 15–44 than war, cancer, malaria and traffic accidents combined. Of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women. Globally, women make up just 17% of parliamentarians, and of FTSE 100 companies, only three have women CEOs.
The universal nature of gender equality together with the economic and societal benefits of promoting the education and employment of women makes it a topic relevant to all delegates, regardless of gender.
The Session examined how to improve the rights of marginalised women and girls and explore ways to address the structural causes of gender inequality.