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Where are the women in policy making?

New research shows women are underrepresented in Europe's top policy forums. Here's why that matters

By Stephanie Boland  

Why are women underrepresented in policy? Photo: Prospect composite

Does it matter whose ideas are heard? New research by the Open Society Foundations one Europe’s top 23 policy events showed that on average, conferences feature three male speakers to every woman.

Only one conference—the Organisation for Security and co-operation in Europe’s Human Dimension Implementation Meeting—approached gender parity.

Some, including the Munich Security Conference, Bruegel Annual Meetings (which discuss key issues in European and Global economics) and the Riga Conference (which discusses foreign policy and defence) had less than 1…

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