The role of women’s leadership is a very important topic. Globally, just around 34% of the managerial positions are held by women. Gender diversity at the executive level is highly beneficial. Women contribute to the establishment of a broad talent pool, better understanding of customers’ needs, and greater coherence within the company. Moreover, women are more conscious users of resources, and can have a significant positive impact on an organization’s sustainability. <...> UNIDO is striving to have women and young girls acquire the necessary knowledge and skills required by the new technological environment to further strengthen their competitive advantage on the global market — Yong Li, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) .
Today, the question of promoting women’s leadership is relevant throughout the world. By increasing women’s involvement in the economy, it will be possible to add USD 28 trillion to global GDP. That would be akin to adding the economies of another China and USA. According to studies, when women develop their career or business, they spend money on healthcare, improving living conditions, and education for their children. This has a social effect – it makes the next generation more competitive — Veronika Peshkova, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Goodwill Ambassador. President of the Foundation for the Development of Public Diplomacy ‘Women’s Perspective’.
The recently established Eurasian Women’s Forum Council <...> has publicized the creation of 20 projects focusing on various areas [concerning women in business, – Ed.]. All of these projects aim to promote women’s roles at decision-making levels in government, the economy, and business. <...> This will benefit the economy, society, and women themselves — Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation..
According to a study which was conducted over a six-year period in Russia, companies which had women in leadership positions had better results in terms of capitalization and profitability than companies where women were never or no longer employed — Irina Gaida, Partner, PwC Strategy& Russia .
Having women in leadership positions is key for an effective economy, and for business profitability — Olga Sorokina, Managing Partner, O2 Consulting.