Gender equality means better business, say heads of MDBs and IMF

By EBRD  Press Office
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Statement marking 20 years of UN’s Platform for Action to empower women lists achievements and calls to promote inclusion further
 
In a joint statement ahead of International Women’s Day, the heads of multilateral development banks, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the International Monetary Fund reinforced their commitment to gender equality and inclusion in the workplace.
 
Ensuring equal opportunities is not only the right thing to do from a moral perspective, but also a better way of doing business. The statement says: "As our institutions work to promote gender equality in the countries where we operate, we also take note of the mounting evidence that organisations with diverse workforces outperform others.”
The statement recalls that 2015 marks the twentieth anniversary since UN member states endorsed a Platform for Action to promote gender equality and empower women, at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in September 1995.
 
“In the twenty years since Beijing, much progress has been made in closing gender gaps. (…) Yet much work still remains to be done. (…) Women face continuing challenges as workers and as entrepreneurs, and in many countries women do not have equal voice in household, community, workplace or national decision-making,” says the statement. (Full statement)
 
The statement was signed by the heads of the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the EBRD, the European Investment Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the IMF and the World Bank