It’s up to the industry to pave the way on gender equality

Comment: Recent events, including the Presidents Club dinner, have brought the issue of sexism in property into sharp focus. And, on the eve of this year’s MIPIM, all eyes will be on the behaviour of the thousands of professionals pouring into Cannes over the next week, says Madeleine McDougall, head of commercial real estate, Lloyds Bank.

It is also International Women’s Day today. Hurricane Harvey – as the media has termed the ongoing debate about the sexual harassment of women in the workplace – has ensured that it has rarely felt so important or relevant.