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Balanced economies, balanced societies: promoting gender parity in politics and business (WP1501)


Following on from our two previous meetings on promoting female participation in business and political life, this next event in the series took a closer look at how to collect and use data that underpins the premise that economies and nations cannot grow or engage with the world if half their population is excluded from full economic, political and societal participation.

A handpicked selection of international participants at the round table dialogue examined how to bring the global network of activism and policy/legislative change together and also developed strategies for businesses to engage with men and women at all stages of their careers.

The meeting was conducted in the participative style which is our hallmark: two or three expert speakers provide introductory remarks relating their perspectives and experiences to the policy area under consideration, followed by interactive roundtable discussions with participants encouraged to share their perspectives in order to deliver tangible outcomes.

These facilitated small working groups gave participants the opportunity to identify and streamline policy recommendations and tactical programmes that align with national government priorities and support and expand upon the work already being done to engage young women with political and economic processes. Finally, participants reconvened regularly to share the outputs of their group work and make recommendations for action or implementation of new programmes and strategies.

Kicking off the #weekofwomen for the third year running, this forward looking dialogue sought to make policy recommendations at an international level that will ensure equality of opportunity and career progression in business and political spheres.

Additional resources

UNDP Sustainable Development Goals




The 2016 Week of Women in 30 seconds.

We asked a number of participants “In 20 years’ time, what do you think will have been the most impactful change in the equality landscape and why?”


What will you take away from this year’s Week of Women event?


#EngageandChange campaign

To raise awareness on a global scale, we invite you to get involved and #EngageandChange. What are the key gender equality issues that need to be tackled in your region? Who do you want to engage with? What do you want to change? Write responses on the flashcard below and Tweet a selfie, a photo of your team with their idea, or photograph colleagues with their ideas.

#EngageandChange flashcard

Additional information

Women’s presence in national parliaments
Infographic: Women's Presence In National Parliaments | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

Shorthand Social

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