In 30 years of meeting, sharing and engaging EWMD has consistently been ahead of the trend. From the outset, we lobbied for women in leadership roles in business and universities, commissioning research and offering professional role models to young women. Equality remains a core goal yet, while some limit their demands to quotas, EWMD argues for diversity of all kinds – gender, nationality, ethnicity, background, experience.
To mark its 30th anniversary in 2014, EWMD honoured former European Commission Vice-President and Member of the European Parliament Viviane Reding with the “She made a difference” award for her outstanding engagement for gender and diversity. The award ceremony was framed by an intensive discussion on the topic “Diversity beyond quota”. Participants joining via video live stream from around the world also tweeted plenty of contributions to the debate. Several international EWMD chapters organised parallel regional events with live transmission from Brussels – the first time the network has tried a global communication linkup of this kind.
Brussels journalist Jacki Davis who chaired the debate summed up the evening succinctly: “It is not enough to come together internationally; together we also have to find ways of positioning the subject of diversity better. EWMD should use its capacities and resources more effectively and more actively to get more women into management roles. That will only work if women support one another, including in business.”
For EWMD Members more photos of the event are available under: http://www.ewmd.org/node/16200