From 5 to 7 June, France is hosting the meetings of the Global Summit of Women in Paris for the first time. For this 24th edition, some one thousand women from around the world, whose activities are directed towards the economy, will come together. These meetings are consistent with the Government’s commitment to gender equality.
What is the Global Summit of Women?
Every year for the last 23 years, the Global Summit of Women brings together around 1,000 women with remarkable backgrounds and commitments. These business leaders, politicians or NGO leaders share their winning strategies with all of the participants as part of one common objective: to advance the position of women in the global economy and to encourage economic growth. All of the meetings organised for the summit will be an opportunity to address the issue of women's participation in economic responsibilities. The summit will also provide an opportunity for informal meetings between participants from across the world.
The highlights of the Summit
A ministerial roundtable, on 5 June, to discuss the initiatives to advance the economic situation of women and the measures taken with regard to equality, gender diversity in the workplace and governance.
Plenary sessions that will address the main European and global trends impacting women’s position in the economy.
A roundtable presenting the strategies to institute equity within boards of directors and corporate management.
Concrete strategies for growth and innovation, particularly in the digital sector.
Skills-building workshops based on four themes: leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, and societal challenges.
The Government taking action for gender equality
For the last two years, the Government has been fighting for equal rights for men and women. "France has set ambitious targets: by 2025, we should have eliminated the employment gap between men and women. In order to achieve this, we obviously need to remove all of the barriers to the development of women’s participation", the President of the Republic recalled in January 2014 during his New Year’s address to corporate and employment stakeholders.
In concrete terms, the 2 years of combat for gender equality are reflected in the following ways:
Studies of the impact on gender equality are now carried out systematically for all draft laws.
A policy of equality in all public policy.
It should be noted that 60% of the laws voted during the first year of the President's term of office affected equality.