Report denounces ‘Manels’ at top global conferences

Female speakers are outnumbered by men by three to one at Europe’s top international meetings including the Davos summit and Munich Security Conference, a report revealed on 8 March, the International Women’s Day.

The survey of world leaders and businesspeople addressing top conferences over the last five years shows a “huge gender gap” with 74% of speakers being male, the Open Society Foundations group said.

The report — titled “An End to Manels”, or all-male panels — comes as campaigns such as #MeToo and #Timesup try to advance the fight for women’s rights around the world.

“If you’re walking on the street and see four men for every woman you would recognise something is wrong,” report co-author Christal Morehouse told a press conference in Brussels.

“But until now, no one has brought this ratio into question for Europe’s top conferences.”

The worst is the annual Globsec security forum in the Slovak capital Bratislava, with only 12 % of female speakers, the study found. Former British premier David Cameron has spoken there in previous years.

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