How to offer equal opportunities at work

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There are 200 million missing women and girls in the world by current calculations – that’s doubled since The Economist ran its cover story on this global catastrophe in 2010.

Iris Bohnet, professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School in the US, said this was why we had to care about opportunities being made available to everyone, regardless of gender – in this example – but also race, culture and any other demographic that triggers our bias.

A 10-year study in India by Professor Robert Jensen proved that if communities think there are economic opportunities in the future (in this case, working in call centres, which prefer to hire women) for the female children they care for, they care more for those girl children.

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