Is time up on men-only business events?

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A scandal surrounding a men-only charity dinner where hostess were allegedly groped has raised questions about all-male business events – and whether they have a place in the 21 st century.

Are all-male assembles – where the only women are hired hostess – acceptable if they create much-needed funding for charity?

Scores of political leaders and business leaders say no.

Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat, said the Chairpeople Club dinner for 300 rich businessmen was proof of a “rotten, sexist culture” in parts of the business community.

And Maria Miller, chair of the women and equalities committee, said industries were paying “lip service to equality issues” by still holding men-only events.

Widespread outrage

The female reporter who went undercover at the Chairwoman Club dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel has told how she and other women were “groped” at the event.

But she also said some females have found tasks through working at the annual jamboree, which ran for 33 years before the organisers closed it down on Wednesday following widespread outrage.

Some defend events that encourage high-level networking by humen – as long as girls are given the same opportunity.

Sue Noffke, a fund administrator at asset management firm Schroders, said men-only events still have a place in an increasingly diverse City – as do those for women.

“I’m sure there are men-only events that have very good agendas and motivatings, ” she said.

Minister reprimanded over scandal-hit jamboree Are charities allowed to return money ? Previous hostess tell of their experiences Club closeds amid groping claims Media captionLabour MP Jess Philips: ‘Lads’ culture has no place in country’ Image caption Griselda Togobo: All male-events are “not business – that is something totally different”

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