The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Reducing persistent gender inequalities is not only necessary for reasons of fairness and equity, but also out of economic necessity. Greater economic opportunities for women will help to increase labour productivity, and higher female employment will widen the base of taxpayers and contributors to social protection systems which will come under increasing pressure due to population ageing. More gender diversity would help promote innovation and competitiveness in business(OECD, 2011a). The publication discusses key issues related to the under-representation of women in the business sector, including in senior positions and management, and potential approaches to address it, both in business and government. Section 3 explores the role of women on boards, including recent policy initiatives, while section 4 draws some brief conclusions.