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Aylar: Nisan 2018

W20 – Women 20 of G20 – in CSW62 in 2018

Every year United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) holds a series of meetings about the recent topics, developments and prospects for gender equality in a sustainable world. This year it was the 62nd year of these meetings. And it is recognised as CSW62.   Every year since 2011, which was the first year of my Presidency in KAGIDER, KAGIDER makes a presentation of the best practice project of the year. This year’s project was together with Danone regarding a study initiated by Gamze Çuhadaroglu of Danone. The project is based on the premise that when mothers are working, their kids will be healthier and happier. The children of working mothers will have better chances choices in their lives in terms of their education potential to their career availabilities and selection. Additionally, Danone leads the campaign for businesses to establish a breast-feeding room in their respective work places.…

Conference on Gender and Trade, closing the Gender Gap – A Tool for Economic & Trade Development in Pakistan

According to World Economic Forum’s (WEF) November 2017 paper, Pakistan ranks 143 among 144 countries of the study in gender gap index, whereas neighboring Bangladesh ranks 47- which represents the best rank in the region. Taking the current ranking into consideration, the opportunity for improvement seems to be huge for Pakistan.  World Bank Group’s motto of “leave nobody behind”, imposes attention to be given to Pakistan’s gender gap. Further to this gap, population growth of Pakistan seems to be quite high. The population growth is not as high as the growth expected in Africa, where the world’s highest population growth is expected, but already the latest count of population indicates that 207 million people are living in Pakistan. This figure makes ranking of Pakistan to be the world’s 5 th most populous country. The ranking in the world starts with China, followed by India, the United States and Indonesia. Still, the growth rate of…

A very good development to watch out: 30% Club

Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of 30 Percent Club was in Turkey on March 30, 2018. In 2015, Brenda took over from Helena Morrissey as Global Chair of the 30% Club. Brenda has experience in the capital markets, banking and in financial institutions as well as the Boards she has been serving. Among many other many important interventions Brenda explained a very similar experience that I have gone through. When you are the only person in the Board, it is difficult. Even when you are two women on the Board, still nothing is solved. The other members can’t even remember who had said what, but they recall that “one of the women members said so and so” kind of attitude. Why can’t men differentiate between the two women who are sitting on the Board, when women don’t – or can’t – confuse 7 men sitting in the Board? I could never understand this. So,…