EU - MEP call for "Gender" balance in the financial services

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Sharon Bowles MEP, who chairs the European Parliament's influential Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, said on the occasion of the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, that a gender balance in the financial services sector as well as the EU institutions is of vital importance.

The International Day of the Girl Child was adopted by the UN in 2011 to "recognise girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world." This year's Day focused on "Innovating for Girls' Education".

Sharon Bowles, who is representing the European Parliament at the annual IMF / World Bank meetings in Washington DC, said ahead of the conference:

"It has been a significant week for womankind. Yesterday Malala Yousafzai won the EU's Sakharov human rights prize and was nominated too for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is a shining example to girls across the world of what can be achieved with courage and determination.

"In developing countries education for girls is vital for the economy and all aspects of life, but we still have a long way to go as there are many girls who are marginalised and have no access to education.

"This week also saw the nomination of Janet Yellen as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. Despite what her detractors say, Ms Yellen is a strong woman and a good choice for the job. Indeed, we need more women like her in top political and economic roles."

SOURCE: Compliany Services, October 17th 2013,

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