There is always a risk of blurring the lines between optimism and false hope.
After spending the past week at the W20 in China, I am leaning towards optimism as I observe signs of a new and very positive trend emerging, which could profoundly impact the future for women.
They may be small signs, but they are significant and they coincided with the second annual Summit of the Women20 engagement group to the G20 in Xi’an, central China.
Generalising and forecasting China’s future is probably best left to the experts – and I don’t wish to be accused of drinking the Kool-Aid in Xi’an – but two examples from Chinese government and business reveal a positive change of attitude and leadership.
First was the Chinese Vice President, Li Yuanchao, whose arrival to open the conference was a big signal that the Government acknowledges the importance of women to the world economy.