WTO boss welcomes bias ruling over ‘grandmother’ jibe

The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has welcomed a ruling by the Swiss media regulator that found a newspaper headline describing her as a “grandmother” after her appointment to lead the body, was gender-biased.

Aargauer Zeitung newspaper ran the headline: “This grandmother will become the boss of the WTO,” after Ms Okongo-Iweala was appointed in March.

The paper apologised following widespread criticism saying its headline had been “inappropriate and unsuitable”.

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian-American, is a widely respected Harvard-educated development economist. She served as finance and foreign affairs minister in Nigeria and worked for 25 years at the World Bank.

The 67-year-old is the first African and woman to lead WTO.

She tweeted on Thursday that the Swiss Press Council was right for calling out gender bias and sexism.

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