A lack of women leaders contradicts most organisations’ own policies and statements on gender equality and women’s rights.
The UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 for 2030 is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”. We will only achieve this if we live up to this goal within our own organisations.
#MeToo and reports about sexual abuse in major organisations document a culture of male dominance and impunity. More women leaders will lead to the fundamental culture change we need.
A talented man is five times more likely to rise to a leadership position than an equally talented woman. With rapid changes to the way we work in this sector and worldwide, we urgently need visionary, participatory and transformational leadership.
Social impact organisations should reflect the societies in which they operate, in all their diversity.