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Challenge we are addressing

The economy and society continue to suffer from an underrepresentation of women in leadership and on the boards of directors.
Women still account for only 7% of board chairs and presidencies, 6% of chief executives, and only 21.7% of members of boards in the largest companies. So, even though progress has been made, Europe is still a long way off from achieving not only the Commission’s target quota of 40% of women on boards but also of having women in leadership positions within those boards. In addition, in the European Union there are only four countries where boards of directors have at least 30% women.

EWoB has developed its WELP program to facilitate the change towards gender equality in decision-making. WELP is offering educational content focusing on leadership and digital agenda, addressing the most obvious gaps in enabling female professionals to reach the top of their careers. Furthermore, WELP is introducing EWoB´s Gender Diversity Index, measuring the attainment of various diversity and inclusion indexes on the company and sector level, across the European Union.

Grant number 831592 – WELP – Call: REC-AG-2018

3 connected pillars of the WELP program

EWoB C-Level School aims at the development of senior female leaders who understand business challenges and are able to guide organizations through transformation successfully.

EWoB Cross-border Digital Strategy Mentoring Programme to build a pipeline of 20 female professionals who can confidently tackle various topics relating to digital strategy creation and will be able to put themselves forward for leadership and board positions which require these skills.

EWoB Global Diversity Index (GDI) to benchmark 600+ European corporations in different D&I KPI’s through which we can than measure level of success and progress in the future. EWOB launched its first index in 2018 and we intend to extend the index to the majority of large European companies in order to put a spotlight on the companies and countries in different corporate sectors which are an example of best practice in Europe.

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