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World Economic Forum at Davos

  • Does Davos have a gender problem? Reuters' Emma Thomasson looks at a perennial concern for the World Economic Forum:

    "Of the 2,500 leaders from business and politics in Davos, 17 percent are women, the same proportion as last year, although up from just 9 percent in 2002. The picture is slightly better for the WEF's 100 corporate strategic partners. Since the WEF reserved at least one of each company's five delegate tickets for a woman in 2011, the percentage of has doubled to 18 percent. 'I am not a fan of quotas but I like the results the achieve. They are a tool of last resort,' said Beth Brooke, global vice chair public policy at Ernst & Young. 'Companies need to set realistic targets and be held accountable to meeting them.' But Brooke still thinks the WEF could do more, for example by spicing up its panels of dark-suited men. Currently just 22 percent of speakers are women. Brooke, one of the Forbes 100 most powerful women, is not one of them. "

    Here's the WEF's Global Gender Gap Report from 2012.
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