WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
There is some debate over the exact figures - but what is clear is that the majority of the world's poor are women.
Women are more likely than men to be out of the labour market doing unpaid care work - and when they do have jobs more likely to work for low wages in informal jobs.
Indeed, gender inequality in the workplace costs the economies of the world's developing countries an estimated 9 trillion dollars a year. So, what can be done to close that gap? Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, eminent scientist and former President of Mauritius joins Stephen to give her forthright take on a global crisis.
MEET THE EXPERT
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was the first female president of Mauritius, serving from 2015 to 2018. Prior to the presidency, she was the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation as well as Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius.
Since 2001, she has served successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor (2004-2010). She has also worked at the Mauritius Research Council as Manager for Research (1995-1997).
She has participated in several consultation meetings on environmental issues organized by international organisations such as the World Bank, SIDA, CIDA, EU and UN amongst others. Between 2011 and 2013, she was elected and served as Chairperson of the International Council for Scientific Union – Regional Office for Africa.
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