Has Margot Wallstrom been reading our blog?
Not a bad read at BBC.I am lucky to come from a country - Sweden - where gender equality is practically taken for granted.
In order to create a level playing field there must at least be decent childcare systems in place.
Let me be very clear: I am not arguing that women are better than men. What I am arguing is that representative democracy which excludes 52% of the population from the decision-making tables is not real democracy at all. It is in the interest of society as a whole - women and men - that we be represented equally. Why? Because women bring a different view of the world to the table - they have different experiences, they see things differently and they act differently.
An example (to generalise): to a man, the word "security" often means tank battalions and missile defence systems. To a woman it can mean access to education and clean drinking water for children.
Happy International Women's Day (a day late but not a dollar short)!