8 March 2018 is International Women’s Day. The idea of equality – the struggle of women for equal rights, the right to vote and the emancipation on the labour market – finally gained critical momentum immediately after the First World War. How far have we come since then? There is plainly still more to do, particularly when we look at the situation of women globally.
To mark International Women’s Day, we debated this topic in a live Q&A session with the CEO of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva. Via the hashtag #AskGeorgieva on Twitter and Facebook, you sent us your questions on the topic of women, conflict, violence, and fragility. Watch the video above to see how Georgieva responded.
In addition, we have an audience of students debating directly with Kristalina Georgieva in the studio. They are quizzing her on the role women can play in resolving international conflicts. The positions women often hold in society can leave them especially vulnerable during conflicts, but their participation can also successfully contribute to building peace if they are given the opportunity. Would having more women in positions of power perhaps help build a more peaceful world?
Kristalina Georgieva was the latest to take part in our #Ask series, which has previously included ECB President Mario Draghi, EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
How can we achieve gender equality? Are more women in power the key to a more peaceful world? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!