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Meat Business Women to launch national gender balance report

Sheep Central, February 24, 2020

Meat Business Women chair Laura Ryan.

GLOBAL networking group, Meat Business Women, hopes to launch a global state of the nation report on current gender balance within the industry at the World Meat Congress in Cancun, Mexico on 12 June.

MBW has accepted an invitation to speak at the congress, which is touted as the most influential and informative event on the global meat industry calendar.

The congress brings together about 1000 international delegates to discuss issues and trends affecting meat and livestock organisations.

Meat Business Women chair Laura Ryan said she is delighted with the opportunity to speak directly about the group’s goals to an audience that can instigate change.

“It’s no secret that the industry is facing some enormous challenges yet there is so much potential around where we can position our sector.

Ensuring we have access to the best possible talent pipeline is crucial and placing an international spotlight on our objectives will help us to achieve that.”

As part of the Meat Business Women presentation, the group hopes to launch a global state of the nation report on current gender balance within the industry which the International Meat Secretariat (IMS) – the organisation behind the WMC  — says will be a highlight for delegates attending the congress.

“The formation of Meat Business Women has created a positive global network and since one of the goals of IMS and the WMC is to be proactive in tackling industry challenges, their plans will add an interesting insight to our audience,” IMS Secretary General, Hsin Huang, said.

The presentation at the WMC has been a development from their global partnership with IMS, a non-profit organisation that represents the global meat and livestock sector as a vital motor of growth for the sustainable supply of safe, healthy, high-quality and nutritious animal protein.

Since partnering with IMS in January 2019, Meat Business Women has expanded their network from United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia to encompass Ireland and the United States of America.

The group has also since addressed the United Nations at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe session where Meat Business Women were recognised as a key partner to finding global solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information on the WMC, visit or for more information about Meat Business Women, see


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