When Sonia Gandhi delivered the Commonwealth Lecture this year, she remarked on the notable coincidence that the current Chair of the 54 member country grouping; Kamla Persad-Bissessar, PM of Trinidad and Tobago, the next Chair; Julia Gillard, PM of Australia, and the Head of the Commonwealth, HM The Queen, are all women. This month at the UN at an event on Women’s Political Participation spearheaded by Persad-Bissesar, female political leaders expressed their ‘concern that women in
every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from decision-making, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, and attitudes, and due to poverty disproportionately affecting women.’ Even so, the global impact of women entrepreneurs is gaining intensity as the number of female business owners continues to grow steadily worldwide. As the Global Gender Gap Report 2010 points out, never before has there been such momentum around the issue of gender parity on the global stage. Numerous multinational companies have aligned core elements of their businesses and products to support and provide opportunities for women in the communities in which they are active.

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