Lost in a sea of suits

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The "family photo" of 180 world leaders (and one imposter) from the United Nations' millennium summit in New York painted an optimistic snapshot of what the organisation can achieve, coupled with a depressing one of how much is still to do. It is, of course, welcome that any event - even a photo shoot - can bring old enemies together. Clinton and Castro, Barak and Arafat, Blair and Mugabe. Any contact between these men is to be encouraged. But they are all men. A glance at the photo confirms it: only seven women, submerged by a sea of men in suits. It's time we had more women at the top. Not least in Burma.

The "family photo" of 180 world leaders (and one imposter) from the United Nations' millennium summit in New York painted an optimistic snapshot of what the organisation can achieve, coupled with a depressing one of how much is still to do. It is, of course, welcome that any event - even a photo shoot - can bring old enemies together. Clinton and Castro, Barak and Arafat, Blair and Mugabe. Any contact between these men is to be encouraged. But they are all men. A glance at the photo confirms it: only seven women, submerged by a sea of men in suits. It's time we had more women at the top. Not least in Burma.

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