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Our 2019-June 2020 Annual Report

Women at the Table. 2019 - June 2020.

Annual Report

Galvanizing women’s influence and establishing new norms.

As we begin our fifth year of work we are extremely excited and proud to share the impact we have made this past year.

These are challenging times. But they are also times full of opportunity to engage in collective and radical reimagining of systems.

We are at a critical turning point. The “standardized white male” is the default of flawed systems and cultural standards that currently control how we live and work – defaults so normalized we don’t even notice them. From medical trials to farm equipment, to global trading rules and algorithms, this has proven to harm people – and the bottom line. In fact, democracy itself is in peril. Women must establish new norms.

Women at the Table is a growing, global Civil Society Organization based in Geneva – five years old in March 2020 - and the first organization to focus on systems change by helping feminists gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: democracy and governance, the economy, technology, and sustainability.

Based on an ambitious strategic plan, Women at the Table identifies leverage points in the intricate yet fundamental systems that dictate women’s day-to-day lives from the interconnected global economy to governance to algorithmic bias.

Over the last five years Women at the Table has worked to expose the systematic exclusion of women in defining the rules – and pinpointed and helped make strategic changes to regulations, laws, and norms to achieve gender equality and strengthen democracy.

We also support and spotlight women change-makers in order to share multiple, varied visions of women’s leadership and innovation. By connecting the right people, at the right place at the right time, women are influentially involved in all levels of decision-making, so change can happen now.

Women are an essential, untapped resource – with the power to reshape our society’s systems. It is crucial that we focus on gender equality and democracy for both women and men, now. Then everyone can thrive.

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