There is established and growing evidence that women in leadership and political decision making improves the quality of the decisions made. Data shows that empowered women transform societies. Yet women are still underrepresented, both in power and influence, in our homes, workplaces, in our communities and in government. As of February 2019, only 3 countries in the world have 50 per cent or more women in parliament in single or lower houses. While the Fortune 500 has more female CEOs than ever before, only 6.6 per cent of the firms on this list are led by women. According to IMF estimates, at the current rate of improvement, we won’t expect to see men and women equally represented at board level until 2036. Gender is clearly still a barrier to progress.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we spoke to five women on how they are using their power, influence and platform to drive equality in their fields. Hear their messages below.

International Women's Day - Disrupting Diversity 2020

Empowered women transform societies. This International Women's Day, join us in disrupting the status quo and driving change for women around the world. #EachforEqual

International Women's Day - Disrupting Diversity 2020

Empowered women transform societies. This International Women's Day, join us in disrupting the status quo and driving change for women around the world. #EachforEqual

Driving change for women in finance

Driving change for women in finance and pushing for diversity of thought, join Souad Benkredda, Head of Financial Markets, Middle East and Africa at Standard Chartered in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in finance

Driving change for women in finance and pushing for diversity of thought, join Souad Benkredda, Head of Financial Markets, Middle East and Africa at Standard Chartered in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in STEM

Empowering and encouraging women in STEM, join Megan Smith, Third Chief Technology Officer of the United States in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in STEM

Empowering and encouraging women in STEM, join Megan Smith, Third Chief Technology Officer of the United States in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in the culinary world

Driving change for women in the culinary world and defying the norm, join Pankaj Bhadouria, First Winner of MasterChef India in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in the culinary world

Driving change for women in the culinary world and defying the norm, join Pankaj Bhadouria, First Winner of MasterChef India in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in sports

Changing mindsets around women in sports, join Sophie Bradley-Auckland, LFC Women’s Captain in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in sports

Changing mindsets around women in sports, join Sophie Bradley-Auckland, LFC Women’s Captain in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in boardrooms

Driving change from the top and curbing the crisis of conformity in the boardroom, join Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO of the B Team in disrupting the status quo.

Driving change for women in boardrooms

Driving change from the top and curbing the crisis of conformity in the boardroom, join Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO of the B Team in disrupting the status quo.

Past Event

London, Nairobi, New York, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo
8 March 2019

As part of our continued efforts to address the gender equality balance in our industry and capture female talent, we marked IWD 2019 (8 March 2019) with a special series of events which took place across six cities in the same week.

Across London, Nairobi, New York, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo, we brought together industry leaders to discuss whether technology will be a disruptor or force for good in the pursuit of better workplace diversity.

Panel speakers for the Singapore event included Josephine Teo (Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Republic of Singapore), Simon Cooper (CEO of Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered), Ayesha Khanna (CEO ADDO AI), and Deborah Ho (CEO Singapore and Head SEA Blackrock).

Through lively and candid discussions, the panels looked at the ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women through technology. Greater investment in education and training in STEM subjects for women were key objectives that everyone agreed on.

International Women’s Day 2019
International Women’s Day 2019 panel session
International Women’s Day 2019 panel discussion

A vision for a better balanced future

See the story behind Standard Chartered’s Disrupting Diversity event series, including interviews with our leaders and other industry voices on why this is such an important subject. 

A vision for a better balanced future

See the story behind Standard Chartered’s Disrupting Diversity event series, including interviews with our leaders and other industry voices on why this is such an important subject. 

'Disrupting Diversity' event highlights

Catch up on the highlights from our IWD events around the world and hear what our panellists and attendees had to say about the role of technology in advancing equality and diversity.

'Disrupting Diversity' event highlights

Catch up on the highlights from our IWD events around the world and hear what our panellists and attendees had to say about the role of technology in advancing equality and diversity.