On the back of International Women’s Day (March 8) and as plans for the second Women in Food and Agriculture (WFA) Summit get under way, Unilever announced it had achieved 50/50 gender balance in leadership roles across its brands and BASF committed to increasing the number of women at the top to 30 per cent by 2030 after achieving its 20 per cent by 2020 target a year ahead of schedule.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.
This year’s theme is #EachForEqual and challenges participants to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
It comes after a WFA survey laid bare the challenges facing women in the agri-food sector, the differences in opinions between men and women, how women perceive their employers, workplace culture and what they believe are the barriers holding women back.
Out of more than 2,500 respondents, only 50 per cent of women said they were well represented at the top of food and agricultural businesses.
Results of the survey, commissioned by WFA Summit organiser AgriBriefing, were revealed at last year’s event in Amsterdam.
Delegates said the two-day event, sponsored by Alltech, helped them gain a better understanding of the key challenges facing the sector, while also providing networking opportunities and a chance to develop leadership and management skills through a range of interactive seminars and workshops.