Calls for a New Narrative

As Hollywood declares ‘Time’s Up’, female leaders from around the world are adding their voices to calls for bolder steps towards inclusion, to create a shared future for all. The following messages have been filmed to encourage all women to ensure their voices are heard.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR

Chief International Correspondent at CNN, Christiane Amanpour has her finger on the pulse of global affairs and hosts CNN International's flagship nightly interview programme ‘Amanpour’. She believes it's time to "bash down the door" protecting patriarchy.

ANNIE LENNOX OBE

Multi-Grammy winning singer and songwriter Annie Lennox achieved international fame in the pop duo Eurythmics. Now an equally successful solo artist, she provides support to disempowered women and girls through her NGO, The Circle.

MIKAILA ULMER

A bee sting motivated four-year old Mikaila Ulmer to set up a lemonade company that donates a percentage of its profits to organisations fighting to save bees. Mikaila, from Texas, secured at age 9, a $60,000 investment on ABC’s Shark Tank and at age 11, a US-wide distribution deal with Whole Foods Market for Bees Lemonade. Now 13, she is a self-proclaimed ‘Bee Ambassador’.

DEBORRA-LEE FURNESS

As founder of not-for-profit organisation Adopt Change and National Adoption Awareness Week in Australia, actress Deborra-lee Furness is giving a voice to the most vulnerable victims of a fractured world: children.

HELEN CLARK

From her time as New Zealand’s first elected female Prime Minister to becoming the first woman to lead the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark may have paved the way for many. But she is urging women to recognise that the job is not yet complete.

LYNNE DOUGHTIE

As the first female Chairman and CEO of one of the world’s largest professional services firms, Lynne Doughtie inspires confidence. KPMG’s Women’s Leadership Summit encourages participants to improve upon the statistic that only 5 per cent of CEOs in S&P 500 companies are female.

TEBOGO MOSITO

Tebogo Mosito is tackling the problem of female unemployment in rural South Africa with steely determination through her metal fabrication company. Despite operating in a male-dominated industry, the firm is owned and managed solely by women.

ANA BOTÍN

Representing the fourth generation of the Botín dynasty to head Santander but the first woman to do so, Ana Botín is no stranger to taking charge of a boardroom full of men. She believes that men need to listen more to women.

LAURA LISWOOD

Her dream of a woman in the White House’s Oval Office may not yet have come to fruition, but the author and Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders still believes it’s time for change.

MELANIE RICHARDS

The World Economic Forum says it may take 217 years for women to achieve the same work prospects and pay as men. Melanie Richards, Deputy Chair and Partner of KPMG in the UK, is campaigning for more women on FTSE 100 boards.

CAROLYN TASTAD

Gender equality is high on Carolyn Tastad’s agenda. If heading up Procter & Gamble’s North America region wasn’t enough, Carolyn is also executive sponsor of P&G’s Gender Equality efforts and leads its Corporate Women’s Leadership Team.

JULIA GILLARD

The former Prime Minister of Australia is famed for her impassioned 2012 parliamentary speech on misogyny. Now, Julia Gillard is focusing on moving the needle for girls’ education as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education.

SUSAN FERRIER

An advocate for gender equality and indigenous issues in Australia, Susan Ferrier is Global Head of People at KPMG and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Susan commissioned the Women’s Voices series as part of the contribution by KPMG to the gender conversation at Davos.

IRIS BOHNET

Author of ‘What Works: Gender Equality by Design’, Iris Bohnet is a behavioural economist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Bohnet highlights how unconscious gender bias must be recognised to improve decision-making in organisations.

HAIFAA AL MANSOUR

In a country where cinemas were banned until December 2017, film director was not an obvious career choice. But neither that nor Saudi Arabia’s high female unemployment rate could stop Haifaa Al Mansour becoming the first female Saudi director and making Wadjda, the first feature shot entirely in her country.

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