Yes, women's rights have come far in past decades but the statistics show we still live in a man's world. Nowhere is that more apparent than in countries like India, where females are killed at birth and burned alive in dowry-related disputes, or in Saudi Arabia, where women are banned from driving and virtually every aspect of their lives is controlled by men.
The fireworks started early this week, with shocks in store for nearly everyone, not least the Eurozone's leaders, who went into November probably feeling, if not smug, then at least satisfied they had a plan for Greece's debt crisis. George Papandreou clearly had other ideas. Having announced plans for a referendum on the proffered financial bail-out, the Greek prime minister managed to dominate the news agenda throughout the week, throwing the G20 summit into turmoil, sending stock markets falling, narrowly survive a vote of no confidence and starting to plan a new coalition government all in the space of five days.
Today, Bill Gates will present a report commissioned by President Sarkozy that will recommend G20 leaders adopt Robin Hood taxes as a way of fighting poverty and climate change. It is a real opportunity and one the G20 needs to grasp.My hope is that a group of willing leaders will use Cannes as an opportunity to press ahead with Robin Hood taxes to fight poverty in their own countries and overseas. It would be great if David Cameron joined them. For one thing it would make me and possibly the St Paul's protesters a little less angry.