The futures of futures studies
Pushing the boundaries of futures thinking
25 October 2023 (Wednesday), 21:00-21:30, ONLINE

The role of women in public life in a troubled world from the angle of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

The current period of liminality is a time of heightened awareness for humanity. Many components of our socio-economic-ecological reality have been seriously and persistently disrupted from their balance. One of the most emphasized statement is the establishment of gender equality: this endeavor is included in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Reports on Sustainable Development Goals show that the world is not on the right track to achieve these goals. The consequences of the pandemic disproportionately affect women, as does climate change, war conflict, and the impact of migration.

At the level of nation-states, female leaders attempting to manage crises have stepped down from leadership positions, and national governments are unable to present an adequate number of female politicians. 7 years before the 2030 targets it requires 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

One of the defining questions of our time is how gender equality will evolve. Assuming that the position of women in public life is changing along with that of women in society, our research examines changes in women’s representation in society.
Our research aims at using the tools of futures studies to uncover the futures being created for women’s public roles by current governments. We use the Sustainable Development Goals as the preferred future of gender equality in public life. From a strategic foresight perspective, the research envisions the plausible outcomes of past and present trends and gains a deep understanding of the systemic challenges, risks, and opportunities to achieve women’s empowerment in public life.

Budapest Business University, Doctoral School of Entrepreneurship and Business

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