Amplifying the voices of women leaders across the world‎

Brussels, 27 November 2013

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EY is delighted to support the Women in Parliaments (WIP) Global Summit on 27-29th November, hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels. The WIP Summit invites a worldwide community of female Parliamentarians to come together and use their collective experience to advance society.

The Summit marks the 120th anniversary of the day that women were granted the ‎right to vote for the first time in the world in New Zealand. Attending the event will be Nobel Prize Winners, Heads of ‎Government, European Commissioners, Ministers, Academics and high profile representatives from Civil ‎Society and Philanthropy from over 100 countries around the world.

In addition to the support of EY and the European Parliament, the United Nations ‎Development Fund, UN Women, the World Economic Forum, the Inter-Parliamentary ‎Union, the World Bank, and many other organizations will be represented.

Untapped Potential

Women in Parliaments is determined to encourage and educate society to learn more about the untapped potential ‎and talent of women, and promote the aim of increasing the number of women representatives in ‎Parliaments around the world. According to EY’s Worldwide Index of Women as Public Sector Leaders, although women account for around 48% of the overall public sector workforce they represent less than 20% of public sector leadership across the G20.

Uschi Schreiber, EY’s Global Government and Public Sector Leader and Global Markets Leader comments, “We have long known about the institutional, cultural and other barriers preventing women from moving into leadership roles. The Women in Parliaments Global Summit brings together a critical mass of women leaders who have broken down these barriers. This is a unique opportunity to develop specific strategies and create new ways forward for the next generation of women leaders - in parliamentary representation, in senior management and in the communities they lead."

Closing the gender gap

Uschi will join the WIP Summit panel on 29th November at the European Parliament to discuss bridging gender based societal gaps. EY’s UK Government Public Sector Leader for Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services, Maryam Kennedy, will also be joined by special guests on 28th November at the Summit to host a working group discussion on fighting corruption.

WIP awards will be presented at the gala, hosted at the European Parliament on 27th November and supported by EY, to honor the achievements of countries that feature as champions in closing the Gender Gap, based on the findings of the World ‎Economic Forum.



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