Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman of Banking spoke as a panelist at the 2017 Women's Empowerment Principles Forum.
Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman of Banking, recently spoke as a panelist at the 2017 Women's Empowerment Principles Forum, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, United Nations Office for Partnerships, UN Women and the UN Global Compact.
This year’s event, Measuring Success, Making It Count, focussed on the role the private sector plays in championing women and girls’ empowerment and explored different ways of measuring outcomes of initiatives and using data to drive discourse and action.
Barbara participated in a luncheon session entitled The Care Economy alongside Henriette Kolb, Head, IFC Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation, Sara Webber Laczo, Principal, Corporate Communications Leader, RSM US LLP and Silvina Moschini, Founder, Yandiki and SheWorks! The panel was moderated by Kweilin Ellingrud, Partner, McKinsey & Company.
The discussion focussed on investments in care infrastructure that could facilitate women’s active and full participation in the labour market.
“Policy making and private sector investments are, of course, effective in boosting women’s economic opportunities,” said Barbara. “However, to unleash the full potential of the female labour force, we need women to be more assertive in challenging the status quo and bolder in asking for what they really want and need.”
...to unleash the full potential of the female labour force, we need women to be more assertive in challenging the status quo and bolder in asking for what they really want and need.Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman of Banking
Barclays places significant value and focus on female empowerment, investing in programmes that recognise not only the role women play in society and Barclays, but the importance of their contribution in shaping the future.
For example, Barclays’ launched the Women in Leadership Index (WIL) and linked investment products to provide investors with exposure to US-based companies with gender-diverse executive leadership.
The firm has also committed to increase the number of senior women in leadership positions to 26% by 2018 and in 2015, Barclays became a founding member of the United Nations (UN) campaign for women, HeForShe.
Barclays also aims to reach 2.5m women around the world through programming like the Lifeskills and Financial and Digital Wings initiatives, designed to increase confidence and skills when dealing with money and the digital world.
Read more information about the 2017 Women's Empowerment Principles Forum.