– Elisabeth Kelan is lecturer in the Department of Management at King’s College London. The opinions expressed are her own. –
The World Economic Forum (WEF) publishes insightful research on gender in business, the economy and politics. Every year, for instance, the WEF releases a Gender Gap Report that measures how countries are doing in regards to gender equality.
This always stood in sharp contrast to the annual meeting in Davos itself, where spotting a female face in the crowd was easier said than done. It might come as a surprise (then again, it might not), but one of the most influential meetings around the globe has so far taken place with minimal female involvement.
This might be set to change with the announcement that this year’s WEF will impose a gender quota. More specifically, one in five delegates needs to be female.
However, close inspection reveals that this only applies to the 100 so-called ‘strategic partner organisations’ — groups which pay for the right to send five delegates to attend the WEF.