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Program of the 15. BPW European Conference Zurich16
Sept. 30 2016 - Oct. 2 2016 - University of Zurich - adress and map here

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Saturday, October 1 • 16:15 - 17:45
Women on Boards: Law 120\2011 - Italy an example to follow LIMITED

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In my speech I will highlight the important revolution that is experiencing Italy in the women's leadership and the great opportunity provided by law 120/2011 (so called Gulf-Moscow law) imposing an obligation for listed companies and those in control public authority to appoint the members of its Board of Directors and statutory auditors so that it is guaranteed to have at least 20% of the less represented gender on the first renewal and at least 33% by 2015.

The term of effectiveness of law 120/2011 is set for 2022. This term will be sufficient to implement a real cultural and social change ?

The Women represent a value  positive for the economy and contribute substantially to the business and economic growth (womenomics).

The relationship between women's presence and performance of companies is a crucial theme in the debate on the effects of gender quotas.

I will highlight the experience of Norway, a pioneer country in the introduction of gender quotas (in 2003 the law has set the minimum to 40% of women's participation in governance bodies of companies listed on the stock exchange) where the law was effective for increase the number of women on boards. However, the effects of quotas on reducing gender gaps (especially in the labor market) and on the company's performance are unclear.

Italy, a country with a persistent condition of strong economic disparities between men and women, with the introduction of the law bipartisan -120 / 2011- on gender shares is a particularly interesting case study: Italy an example to follow for the rest of Europe.

Therefore we must to support the adoption of similar laws at the level of other EU countries and commit itself to promoting specific  training the removal of stereotypes for which the woman would not be scope for finance and the economy.




Workshop Speakers
avatar for Eufemia Ippolito

Eufemia Ippolito

BPW Representative in The Council of Europe, FIDAPA -BPW Italy
BPW Representative in the Council of Europe, Group member: Brussels Follow-up #5 "Women on Boards" I am a lawyer. I am interested in gender policies. I represent BPW International in the Council of Europe for the Protection of Human Rights. I represent BPW Italy in the Equal Opportunities... Read More →

Saturday October 1, 2016 16:15 - 17:45 CEST