Gender Equality: The Journey so far

One of the hottest topic of the twenty first century is gender equality - Soliciting greater roles and investments for women in areas traditionally reserved for men. The topic is still raging on.The argument that women needs increased participation in a range of areas from politics to business to sports is still very much on going. But in this post, we will examine how far we have come in achieving gender equality.

Zhang Xin at the World Economic Forum
The stellar performance and compelling presentation of Zhang Xin, the co-founder and CEO of SOHO China in the just concluded World Economic Forum in Davos motivated me to write this article. She believes that though there are still gaps, a lot of progress have been made in the area of gender equality. Zhang herself is a testimony of women in incredible positions. Positions that you would'nt have imagined women holding barely thirty years ago.

Yes, there are still areas were women are still yet to break into as exemplified by the shameful way Helena Costa was treated at Clermont Foot in what was the first time a woman to manage a professional male side. But the progress has been tremendous. We have Christine Lagarde leading the IMF. We have Hilary Clinton gunning to become the president of the United States. We have the likes of Zhang Xin, Sheryl Sandberg and Folorunsho Alakija leading and coordinating multi-billion dollar businesses. We can go on and on and on.

Saudi women were allowed to vote and be voted for in 2015
Just last month, women were allowed to contest in Saudi municipal parliamentary elections for the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia. About 900 women contested in the elections out of which at least 18 women won seats across the country. This is happening in a country where women were not allowed to drive a car or vote. For a lot of women in Saudi Arabia, Voting in the December, 2015 was an unprecedented achievement. It is indeed an unprecedented milestone in the journey to achieve gender equality.

It is indisputable that a lot of progress have been made as regards gender equality that we are beginning to take these progress for granted. In Zhang Xin's own words, "While there remains a long way to go to reach parity, it’s worth taking stock of the small victories too."


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