That dirty word again…quotas

This week I caught myself in conversation lamenting at the lack of women represented in leadership and government. In my despair I cried “and dare we mention quotas.”

Well perhaps it is time to mention them again. Here are five quotes I have pulled together which gives five reasons why we should dare to go there.

  1. Choice
Instead of preventing meritocracy, as some people fear, I believe that quotas help promote it by gradually widening the choice of candidates.
Vicky Pryce, Chief economic adviser at CEBR and co-author of ‘Why Women need Quotas’
  1. Accountability
What a country needs to do is be fair to all its citizens – whether people are of a different ethnicity or gender.
Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, critic
  1. Accounting
If you had parity of employment in Africa you would raise GDP by 12%.
Melinda Gates, American philanthropist

4. Sustainability

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
Kofi Annan, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations 1997 to 2006
  1. Just because
Countries with higher levels of gender equality have higher economic growth. Companies with more women on their boards have higher returns. Peace agreements that include women are more successful. Parliaments with more women take up a wider range of issues – including health, education, anti-discrimination, and child support.
Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations 2007 to 2016