President of WIL
"In a society where women make up to 60% of higher-education graduates, we need
to work towards actively empowering women, by learning from one another and investing
in each other."
WiL's first mandate is to offer to top level women a platform to network in
order to open their horizons, to get support and to identify opportunities and ideas
that are not available in their social and professional environment.
The ultimate objective is to promote gender equality and the advancement of women
in Europe. In that aim, WiL is also working on finding ways to support the advancement
of women to top leadership roles through different channels.
- In Europe, according to 20-first's Womenomics 101 Survey, out of the 85 companies
in the Fortune 101 list who offered information on their gender policies, only 27
have women in their executive committees.
- Only 20.3% of businesses started with venture capital in Europe belong to female
- In 2009, only 35% of all MEPs in the European Parliament were women, while in 2008,
in national parliaments across the European Union, slightly less than one in four
members of parliament were women (24%). Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland are
the only EU countries with more than 40% women in parliament.
- Since 1958 to 2009, 142 different individuals have taken up positions as European
Commissioners but just 19 of these (13%) were women.
In a society where women make up to 60% of higher-education graduates, we need to
work towards reducing inequalities and actively empower women. The WiL initiative
is committed to encouraging more women to take on high-level responsibilities, to
set up entrepreneurial initiatives and to constantly enhance their skills.
Other topics of interest:
- Supporting female entrepreneurship and access to capital.
- Encouraging women to broaden the spectrum of possible careers and to tackle sectors
they are not involved in today, including, but not only, sciences and technology.
- Fostering women's employability through skills training and lifelong learning.