Getting ready for our Enabling inclusion in Business was a very interesting experience for me – it made me rethink the situation of women in business yet again!
Having been very involved in the area of women in politics in the Canton of Vaud for the last 10 months, you might like to have a look at the initiative of the CLAFV (www.clafvd.ch) and ADF (www.adf-vaud.ch) where these 2 associations have worked together with the Bureau of Equality to encourage more women to go into Swiss politics (www.politiciennes.ch).
This interesting initiative made it very clear to me that there is very little contact between the women politicians I talk with regularly and the women in business in Switzerland today! And this is a big problem.
Have you seen the Economist gender gap index? It is nothing short of horrifying. Switzerland performs very poorly in comparison with the OECD average and the 21 countries considered in this study. One big problem is the cost of child care, over 40% of the revenue earned. Is it worthwhile, one might ask to go back to work considering this high cost.
Looking forward to talking about this and lots more tomorrow in BSL. Updates of that meeting to follow!
Author: Mary Mayenfisch-Tobin, BCL, LL.M, Solicitor