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I have always worked twice as hard as men to be equal, IMF chief says

Georgieva says she needed to work “twice as arduous” to be equal to her male colleagues.

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Worldwide Financial Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva instructed CNBC she has at all times labored “twice as arduous” to be equal to her male colleagues.

“I do not need my daughter and my granddaughter to must work more durable than males to be equal,” she instructed CNBC’s Tania Bryer in an interview broadcast Wednesday.

“I would like them to be equal simply because they’re. That is what I would like the story of my life to be.”

Georgieva was appointed as managing director of the IMF in 2019 and is the second girl to carry the position. Whereas the “tide has turned” on girls’s roles, there was a “step again” in gender equality in recent times, the IMF chief mentioned.

“The pandemic, then the warfare, then the cost-of-living disaster – they damage everybody however they’ve been hurting girls essentially the most,” Georgieva mentioned.

Points that maintain girls again are “macro-critical” Georgieva added. For instance, international GDP could be nearly 20% increased if gender employment gaps have been closed, in accordance with World Financial institution knowledge.

International locations within the Center East, North Africa and South Asia areas might see their GDPs improve by as a lot as 80% if girls have been capable of absolutely take part within the labor market, in accordance with the analysis.

“That is the loud and clear message we’re sending from the IMF — carry girls ahead for his or her sake, however for the sake of everybody,” Georgieva mentioned.

“We’ve now assessed that it will take 130 years with the present velocity to carry gender equality. I do not suppose we will afford that point. We’d like a vibrant financial system, a vibrant society. Subsequently we want girls to be equal to males, in every single place,” she mentioned.