This year’s World Economic Forum is the first to be chaired by women

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For the first time, this year’s World Economic Forum will be chaired entirely by women, in an attempt to increase awareness of gender issues that exist in business and wider society.

The seven women chosen to make up the panel come from all sectors in society, including the Managing Director of the IMF and the Director General of CERN.

After the backlash against 'manels' (all-male panels) can all-female panels help to address discrimination on boards and in the global workforce?

As well as tackling gender diversity, will such initiaties tackle other identity barriers, including class, age, mental and physical ability and race?

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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