The importance of fighting for gender equality in the financial advice industry
Gender equality is a key point in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25th September 2015. The plan set by the Agenda is formed by 17 goals that aim to preserve our planet for future generations, to ensure the prosperity of all human beings, to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies and to enhance global partnership among all countries, stakeholders and people.
If we focus on the gender gap topic, some progress has been achieved over past years and decades: more women are going to school, are able to make their own life choices and have reached leadership roles, both in political and corporate scenarios. Legislation is also beginning to protect women’s rights and freedoms. However, many challenges must still be overcome as several laws and norms are uneven and outdated and violence is always present as 1 in 5 women, between the ages of 15 and 49, report at least one episode of physical violence (based only on reported cases, which are the minority). Women are also still underrepresented at various levels of political leadership and in working environments compared to men. Pay equality for the same tasks and jobs should be the norm, but it’s still a taboo in many advanced economies as well.
Moreover, the outbreak of the COVID-19 emergency could put at risk part of the progress achieved in the last few decades...