Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Wall Street, waitresses and guns at home

A shopper goes about her business in Dubai Mall in Dubai December 2, 2009.

Image: REUTERS/Steve Crisp

Saadia Zahidi
Managing Director, World Economic Forum
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Gender Inequality

Welcome to the weekly digest of stories about how the gender gap plays out around the world – in business, health, education and politics.

Will an MBA close your gender pay gap?

Women-led start ups and the power of small data.

Empowering women in Vietnam with land ownership.

Aung San Suu Kyi enters Parliament, 25 years after first elected. (Time)

Crackdown to close that stubborn pay gap. Obama’s new equal-pay rules. (New York Times)

More guns mean more killing of women. (Slate)

Wall Street thriller stars a woman, and for the first time she’s the boss. (Washington Post)

Fears of rise in deaths from unsafe abortions following Zika outbreak. (The Guardian)

Four startups helping companies implement parental leave. (Tech Republic)

Education gap for Syrian refugees. (BBC)

Taking the ‘man’ out of Marines. (Wired)

‘He stomped on my head’: Stories of domestic abuse. (Al Jazeera)

Between a rock and a child marriage in Mozambique. (Al Jazeera)

More cocktail waitresses, please. Unbelievably, that's how one biotech company dealt with gender imbalance.(Bloomberg)

Statistic of the week:

90% of economies have at least one law restricting women’s economic opportunities.

79 economies have laws that restrict the types of jobs that women can do.

15 economies have laws that allow husbands to object to wives working and can prevent them accepting jobs.

World Bank 2014. Women, Business and Law 2014

Quote of the week:

“So change does come from the bottom up, and it will come from girls and women and men who understand that for us all to be human beings instead of being grouped by gender is good for them, too.”

Gloria Steinem, Author
Huffington Post, 2016

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