Dialogue Board member Susana Malcorra released an open letter calling for “the need to achieve full gender equality and empowerment of women across all ambits.” It has been signed by dozens of prominent women, including Christiana Figueres, Dialogue member and former executive secretary of the UN framework convention on climate change, Ethiopian president Sahle-Work Zewde and former Irish president Mary Robinson.
Malcorra said that the pushback against women’s rights was “crystal clear” in several countries, especially in those countries where populism led to the rise of “a macho-type strongman” leader, naming Brazil, the Philippines, Italy and parts of eastern Europe.
“There is a sense of the established power being threatened by women gaining respect. It’s a proposition where, if men get paternity leave for example, it’s not that they lose anything, they gain by having responsibility for the family, they gain by a closer relationship with the children, that’s not zero sum, that’s a win-win. But it’s clear that there are corners of power in the world that don’t see it like that.”
Malcorra has been a Dialogue member since January 2018 and a member of the Board of Directors since November 2018.