'More than lip-service needed in bringing women to key roles'
Speaking at a session on 'Women in Economic Decision- Making', Lagarde said that women are doing a wonderful job wherever they have got the leadership positions, be it in banks or other sectors.
The discrimination against women is not much different whether it is developing world or advanced economies, she said.
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"But, at the same time, It matters a lot across the world to have gender diversity. It matters a lot, whether in developing or advanced economies," she added.
Viviane Reding, Vice-President and Commissioner, Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission, said the business results are indeed better when there are women in economic decision-making positions.
"But I do not favour a quota system. I want women to be there because of quality. Therefore, we have made provisions in EU that enables best of the women into decision-making positions. I want to break the glass ceiling. So, this law also has an expiry date so that there is a natural process for women getting into top positions."
Reding further said: "We have prepared a a searchable database of women who have done MBAs and who are board-ready and can be immediately put on the boards of the companies. INSEAD, Harvard and many top business schools are on board for
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