Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Views from European Diplomacy and Business

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea held a discussion about gender equality in the workplace on January 27th in the Press Center in Seoul. The titel: Breaking the glass ceiling.
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Mr. Gerhard Sabathil, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, during his welcome speech.
The panel of Mattius Chu, Swedish Political Counselor; Ingrid Drechsel, CEO of Bayer Korea; Angela O’Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland and Ana Beatriz Martins, EU Political Counselor shared their experience in this interesting topic. The discussion was moderated by Sohn Jiae, former CNN correspondent and CEO of Arirang News.
Korea, that developed from a poor country to one of the most developed countries within a few decades, is ranked among the top 10 in terms of exports, education or internet penetration and speed in the last years. Seoul has become the world’s 4th largest metropolitan area. However, when it comes to gender equality, out of 145 countries Korea ranks a poor 115th place according to the World Economic Forum. Following with a 125th place in terms of equal payment. A Korean man earns $40.000 on average, while a woman only receives $22.263. Even though the country is ruled by a female president (the first), the cabinet is represented by 6% women only.
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The panel (from left to right): Ms. Martins, Mr. Chu, Ms. Drechsel, Ms. O’Donoghue and Ms. Sohn
The event was held to clarify current problems and efforts of this topic. The panel shared their experiences and gave personal insights into making career and having children.
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