Know Your Herstory

Understanding our past is the key to building a brighter future. We take a research-based approach to everything we do by staying current with women-related data and trends.

Nu: Herstory

25 years ago, a historic event took place in Beijing: almost 50,000 people from around the globe flooded into the city to attend the largest ever World Conference on Women in September 1995.

“They had a single purpose in mind: gender equality and the empowerment of all women, everywhere.”

According to their Global Gender Gap Report 2020, the overall gap will take 99.5 years to close. What’s slowing down our progress the most? The Economic Participation and Opportunity gap, which on its own will take 257 years to close.

A closer look reveals that this particular gender gap widens as you move up the leadership ladder.

The result was the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary agenda and comprehensive framework for empowering women. We’ve certainly come a long way since then, but we still have far to go.

Since 2006, the World Economic Forum has been tracking progress on closing the global gender gap across four sectors: Economic Participation & Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health & Survival, and Political Empowerment.

In the top 500 companies today, women only hold 6% of CEO positions, 21% of board seats, and 27% of executive or senior management positions, even though we make up 45% of employees.

Now consider this: it has been proven that more women in decision-making positions leads to more sustainable, profitable, peaceful, equitable, and high-performing organisations and economies. When women are empowered to pursue the careers and lives they want, everyone benefits.