ECB widens scope of female recruitment targets


The European Central Bank has extended its gender balance targets beyond senior management to ensure the proportion of women at different levels is above 40% by 2026.

Gender targets were first introduced by the ECB’s executive board in 2013. The aim was to increase the number of women in middle management to 35% in 2019 – a target which the ECB missed, reaching only 30%.

“We want gender balance to be the norm now rather than a revolution to fight later,” says ECB president Christine Lagarde.

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