Female perspectives in the global economy
Much has been written recently on the role of women in global economies; from the benefits of increasing diversity in company boardroomsto improving the rate of female entrepreneurship with the aim of stimulating economic growth.
In order to take the women’s agenda forwards, governments, policymakers and other stakeholders need to take stock of how women have reacted to and been affected by the recent economic crisis. Women have entered this recession in a comparatively disadvantaged position and learning how they fared throughout the recession – and the periods of recovery – ought to inform the thinking and the policy aimed at closing the gender gaps in female employment, business ownership and leadership.
ACCA believes that the experience of female members demonstrates thatthere are lessons for policymakers and those in the business community working towards closing the gender gap that is still prevalent in much of the world’s economic activity. Most importantly, the way measures of confidence and recovery are framed and targeted can be influenced by the findings in this report.
ACCA acknowledges that the experience of female accountants does not provide a complete picture. Nevertheless, it is an important contribution to a deeper understanding of women’s experience during the last few years of deep recession and a turbulent, and far from certain, recovery.