Despite global progress being made towards tackling gender inequalities, and comprehensive legal, policy and action frameworks being in place towards that, no country in the world has yet managed to close the gender gap - whether regarding pay, political representation and presence in decision-making positions, share in wealth and power, share in unpaid care and reproductive work. Despite gender-based stereotypes and unconscious bias being gradually brought to the surface of collective consciousness and undermined, yet taboos persist regarding the specificities of women's and men's experience of different stages of their lyfecycle, and the gendered impact that physiology may have non only on fundamental life choices but especially opportunities - taboos relating to menstruation, maternity, menopause and reproductive health, and which are also connected to harmful stereotypes, norms and beliefs. What is their impact on the professional lives of women, their career trajectories, external perception on their competence and leadership skills, on the achievement of gender equality in the world of work? This forum will explore all such intersections between gender, biology, reproductive health and work trajectories in a series of lectures and master classes delivered by key experts in a variety of disciplines and from different geographical and cultural contexts. Break the taboos, be part of the discussion.
Policymakers in the areas of health, welfare, employment and equal opportunities; workers' representatives; employers' and private-sector representatives committed to equity and non-discrimination; HR persons involved with staff well-being; members of academia; gender experts and civil-society representatives involved with women's empowerment, health and reproductive health.