Ambassador Irena Sodin participated the OECD lunch, marking International Women's Day
8 March 2017 – Throughout March, the OECD intents to organize a series of events to mark International Women's Day. The Organisation will thus confirm that the activities for promoting gender equality are an OECD priority. Attracting, retaining and developing skills and competencies of both men and women is more important than ever for the Organisation’s success.
To mark the International Women's Day, the OECD organised a lunch, also attended by Ambassador Irena Sodin. The participants discussed the issue of gender and leadership: do women manage differently to men and how does this affect their leadership potential?
In his opening speech Secretary General of the OECD Gurria referred to the need to empower women in the society. Ambassador Sodin, who chaired one table round discussion and reported to the plenary, cited an old Slovenian proverb saying "Women support three corners of the house". She concurred with the Secretary General that women in many societies are not adequately rewarded/remunerated for their work. She concluded by referring to the forecasts of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the gender gap to close only in the year of 2186. She emphasised the efforts of the OECD to ensure greater representation and equal opportunities of women within the OECD. She concluded by inviting the audience to adopt a spirit of Malala Yousafzai to work for the inclusive society through which we could achieve equality within the society much faster.