The Gender Gap

LANDON: Welcome to WRS’s special coverage from the World Economic Forum in Davos. I’m Vincent Landon.

GANZER: And I’m Tony Ganzer.

They make up 50 percent of the world’s population. But here in Davos women only represent 17 percent of participants.  It reflects–even today–the continuing struggle for gender equality in society, business and government.

Here’s Christine Lagarde, IMF managing director.

LAGARDE:  “It makes economic sense to improve the situation of women; to make sure that they have access to education, that they have access to health, that they have access to jobs, that they have access to financing; and that they can sit at table with the same and the equal rights and opportunities.”

LANDON: Right now equality is more honoured in the breach than in the observance.  Sheryl Sandberg, is chief operating officer at Facebook. Continue reading “The Gender Gap”

‘Arab Uprisings’

There’s plenty of attention here on the economies of developed countries but events in the Middle East and North Africa are not far from the minds of those here in Davos.

They were the subject of a keynote address by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

BAN: “I’d like to use this platform today to use a call to action on two immediate crises: the death-spiral in Syria and the widening turbulence in Mali and the Sahel.”

Mr. Ban said the international community needed to come together to end the ongoing violence in the two countries and ensure assistance is available to those in need.

But he also highlighted the wider uncertainty regarding the so-called “Arab Spring.” Continue reading “‘Arab Uprisings’”