Today, member of the FEMM Committee, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, hosted the Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Germany for a luncheon at the European Parliament titled: “Antidote Quota? – or who needs Women in our Economy?”. The BPW has been in existence since 1931 and is thereby older than Germany’s most renowned feminist, Alice Schwarzer. Internationally the BPW has 30.000 Members and is represented in over 100 countries.
The BPW Germany’s current President, Henrike von Platen, held a key note speech at the luncheon in favour of the necessity of an EU wide quote for women on the boards of larger companies and stated: Henrike von Platen: “Men need to be shown the advantage of having women in leading positions in their companies. We have to be able to show how men can profit from women being on their boards?” Silvana Koch-Mehrin strengthened Ms. von Platen’s argument by adding that “the risk awareness of men should be increased towards the consequences of not having women in deciding positions on the boards of their firms. 70% of all consumption decisions are made by women! It only makes sense for women to be supporting this decision.”
The lunch was well attended by experts in the area of women’s rights from across Europe and three members of the European Parliament.