Baronness Mary Goudie, Labor Member in the House of Lords (UK) will address Institute delegates during the Closing Ceremonies of the Institute, and will help motivate delegates to develop personal action plans for achieving Fifty by Fifty (50% women in public service by 2050).
Baronness Goudie has been a tireless advocate for global gender equality, and has written extensively on the subject both on her blog and for international media outlets. In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, Baronness Goudie addressed key areas of focus for increasing equality for women in emerging markets:
“Many of these emerging countries including China and India are leading in terms of global economic growth, but are moving in the opposite direction when it comes to gender equality and complete economic change.
Emerging markets are not making use of women’s talents and are facilitating an environment that is not only stunting for female aspirations, but can also become dangerous for women, which was illustrated by the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for women’s rights to education.
This year the G8 presidency is held by the UK and prime minister David Cameron’s priority will be the global economy. As part of this, Britain will pledge to continue its committed to fighting violence against women and children around the world.”