As world leaders met on a global stage for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this past week, it wasn’t hard to notice that something was missing. Women make up half of our planet’s population, yet this year only 15% of the attendees at one of the world’s most important gatherings of decision makers and influencers were female.
To be clear, the Forum does not itself have control over the gender balance of the attendees, who are self-selected to attend by WEF’s membership organizations, drawn from business, government and civil society. “If we hold the glass up to global leadership, the reflection that comes back is this,” says Adrian Monck, Managing Director of Communications for the Forum. “And,” he agrees, “it’s just not good enough.”