Multilateral organizations are dominated by men: study

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The report made by GWL Voices for Change and Inclusion revealed that since 1945, only 12% of senior managers in the 33 largest multilateral institutions have been occupied by women. Likewise, and despite the advances in gender parityonly a third of these organizations are currently led by women.

Thirteen of these institutions, including the four most important international development banks, have never chosen a woman as their leader. On the other hand, five organizations have chosen a woman as Chairwoman on a single occasion since its formation, among them is the current director of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who took office in 2021.

He report suggested that there is a more prominent participation in organizations in charge of areas such as boys and girls, food security, population and health. Whereas, in the opinion of GWL Voices for Change and Inclusion, in the fields such as politics, finance, international development, labor, nuclear energy, intellectual property, meteorology, agriculture, industrial development and maritime affairs, historically led by men"are full of professionals more than qualified to occupy Management positions“.

The study, which will be released during this week's meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Womenexhorts a proportional representation between genders at all levels of multilateral organizations, from offices and headquarters, to secretariats and governing bodies, Reuters reported.

“The truth is that numbers matter,” he said. Maria Fernanda Espinozaformer president of the UN General Assembly, for Reuters. “I also think women bring this combination of leadership, wisdom and empathyand sometimes, an even greater understanding of what is happening in the world”, he added in an interview with the news cable.

The information in the report was obtained from the public resources available from the organizations analyzed. Similarly, GWL said that in the second half of this year a longer version of this report, which will include information with a gender perspective on the composition of the management teams and government bodies of the 33 institutions.

Espinosa, in an interview with Reuters, found it disappointing that USAthe largest shareholder of world Bank and who usually chooses his president, last month nominated a man, the former CEO of mastercard Ajay Banga, for the post. The former president of the General Assembly showed her support for bangabased in India, to be the leader of the position, however he maintained that there are hundreds of women profiles who would be ideal for the position.

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