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A Bothersome Imbalance at Breakfast

Last week I was invited to a bloggers' breakfast, thrown by Christian Aid. Its purpose was to promote Christian Aid Week 2016 (15th-21st May, in case you were wondering), and to ask us all to blog about it.

Held in a light, airy, book-lined room in the rafters of Southwark Cathedral, it was a really well-planned and well-executed event. The table decorations were simple and elegant, the food was plentiful and delicious, and the goodie bags were individually named and packed with treats. The presentation was compelling and the ‘ask’ was clear - host a breakfast to build community and raise money for the poor.

What struck me most, though, was the gender split. Out of a couple of dozen delegates only two were male.

Regular readers of this blog know that I am not the least bit bothered by the fact that the delegates at the Think conference each year are prominently male. But why is it that men so far outnumber women at the ‘sitting around pontificating’-type events, but are so few and far between at the ‘caring about the poor’-type?  One reason women give for not attending the former is that it is harder for them to take three days out of life for a conference. What’s the men’s excuse for the latter?

I realise one breakfast hardly constitutes robust statistical evidence. Nor does the fact that there are far more women than men on my Foodbank team. Two instances doth not a trend make.

I’m simply stating what I have observed, and ask you to make of it what you will.

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