About 30 middle-aged white men sit together in a world leadership meeting where some of the planet’s most far-reaching decisions happen. Nobody gets the impression that something is wrong. In 2022, and in the wake of global movements like #metoo, Black Lives Matter and the ongoing conversation on diversity and representation, how can the organizers not expect a backlash?
“Germany’s face to the world is female”, Svenja Schulze posted this week on LinkedIn. While that may be true for the top level of Germany’s ministries – with Annalena Baerbock as Foreign Minister, Christine Lambrecht as Minister of Defense and Schulze as Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development – the German economy is stuck at the very beginning of the debate: They don’t even think there’s a problem that needs to be solved.