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An Interesting Talk About Gender-Driven Growth

With slow growth plaguing most of the global economy, can women be the answer to bust it?

This is not going to be that funny cat video that you usually see around here. Instead, this one features some of the most accomplished women from all around the world in the latest World Economic Forum to discuss the importance of improving equality in between genders. This is going to be a serious post, so if that kind of topic doesn’t interest you, well, I think you should give it a chance, it’s worth watching.

Should Women be Running the World Economy

The panel is formed of influential and knowledgeable people, and if you ask me, they are also great role models for anyone wanting more from life and wondering if this is possible. But without further ado, let’s introduce the participants of this paramount debate arguing if women should be running the world economy?

Sheryl Sandberg (Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Facebook, and founder of Leanin.org), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of UN Women), Christine Lagarde (Managing Director of International Monetary Fund and World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member) and Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault-Nissan Alliance, and World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member).

Christine Lagarde Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Sheryl Sandberg

Carlos Ghosn Christine Lagarde Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

The gender gap is not something new, we know that despite the progress society has already achieved, women are still being treated differently when compared to men. The panel explores this and talks about what companies can do to empower women such as introducing policies that can help close the gap in between genders.

They also discuss discrimination against women around the world, pointing out that in many countries girls are not allowed to go to school because they are seen exclusively as nurturers and providers. Seriously, how can one be a nurturer and provider without knowledge? Just my two cents.

Much of the stereotypes attributed to genders are due to the massive misuse in mediums of communication such as TV, newspapers, magazines. In a way, we keep on perpetuating these stereotypes, but the truth is that besides the obvious difference in between genders, both can pretty much do the same things.

If one sets one’s mind, one can pretty much accomplish anything it sets to do despite gender. So, beware of what you watch on TV, read in magazines and newspapers, believe in yourself and go for it.

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