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The Generation Equality Forum at the beginning of July set out an ambitious agenda for gender equity worldwide. The philanthropic organisations who pledged 4 billion € towards women’s and girls’ rights should be key actors to deliver on the commitments made in Paris.

However, to become the impactful and credible change agents we need them to be, foundations and donors have to deal with a big elephant in the room: the absence of women leaders in their top decision-making structures. At this point, she’s quite sizeable, and there’s little room to walk around her. And she is trumpeting, demanding to be heard. She does not expect to be freed overnight but she expects to be acknowledged.


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Gender equity is moving to the top of the philanthropy agenda – but there’s an elephant in the room

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