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 In an effort to promote and improve gender equality in the UK Gordon Brown is urging businesses to strongly consider gender diversity on thier boards.

The Financial Mail Women’s Forum (FMWF) reported that Brown said: “If we don’t see a dramatic change in the composition of company boards in the future, we will need to consider taking more serious action to ensure companies recruit from the diverse pool of exceptional talent we have in the UK.

And because I believe the public sector can and should set an example, I’m also making a new commitment that all state-owned companies will be required to increase the number of women on their boards over the next two years. Not through rigid quotas but by reaching out to successful women in all walks of life who have got a big contribution to make.”

Mr Brown is also reported to have mentioned the improvements of education and equality of women in Afghanistan and the creation of the UN Gender Agency to help the cause of women’s rights on a global level.

Gordon and Sarah Brown

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