Human Rights Panel Discussion: Women’s Rights
(Berlin, Germany; February 12th, 2013)
However, gender inequality is not only a problem in developing countries; in fact, the correlation between national prosperity and equality is far weaker than might be expected. Rwanda is the country with the highest female representation in politics, with more than half of representatives being female. The Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands have the best female representation in Europe. Perhaps surprisingly, the UK, Italy, and France have lower representation than Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan- three countries which do not have stellar records as far as human rights are concerned.
After the opening lecture, members of the ICD partook in an interactive discussion, with interns presenting their own views on the discrimination of women and the measures that can be taken to improve equality. A variety of issues were discussed, including: the reasons for which women face discrimination, the setting of quotas to increase female representation in corporations and governments, the debate as to whether a woman can pursue a successful career and be a responsible mother at the same time, and the role of religion in limiting opportunities for women.
All in all, the intern-organized event was highly informative and provided a platform for the sharing of a diverse range of opinions and beliefs.