SDG Masterclass - Gender Equality


SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Continuing our series of knowledge and networking events based on the role of business in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

This time we focus on gender imbalance and gender equality. Our evening event takes the form of a masterclass, with two presentations, followed by an informal networking reception.

Gender affects an individual's living experience, and what’s more, the global imbalance of women leaders – and the implicit loss of talent – is holding society back.

Why is this allowed to continue?

Gender imbalance and gender equality

Professor Dianne Bevelander will share her own work and ECWO’s work towards SDG 5 Gender equality. ECWO provides research-based knowledge that illuminates how, and why, gender imbalance exists and what is needed for women to have an equal share of organisational power and influence. She will explain how this links with other SDGs, and why she takes inspiration from former Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, who said: “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”

There will be a second presentation – details will be confirmed soon.

Professor Bevelander’s masterclass and the following discussion will include:

  • How to be aware of gender inequality and how to speak up when you see it
  • The manifestation and impact of an absolute loss of talent, brought about by gender inequality and gender imbalance
  • How gender equality is not a women’s issue and is the shared responsibility of women, men, business and governments
  • What can be done to make a difference using case of studies from ECWO’s ‘women in leadership’ training programmes
  • The challenges faced by women climbing the corporate ladder
  • The importance of a ‘sisterhood posse’ in the move to gender equality
  • How to address the problem of too few women in top positions.



Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University 

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50

Bayle Building, JB-50

3062 PA Rotterdam



The event is free, but spaces are limited – and we anticipate demand – so please confirm your attendance.