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170 years until women see gender parity

 October 28, 2016

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Women will have to wait another 170 years to close gender gap according to the Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum.

The report quantifies the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracks their progress over time.

A big call to action

The Global Gender Gap Report serves as a call to action to governments to accelerate gender equality through bolder policymaking, to businesses to prioritize gender equality as a critical talent and moral imperative and to everyone to become deeply conscious of the choices made every day that impact gender equality globally.

Huge differences across countries

The report shows that there remain huge differences in the opportunities for women in the best and worst performing countries around the world. The top 10 continues to be dominated by smaller European countries, particularly Nordic nations, which occupy the top four positions.

Global Gender Gap Report

Progress has slowed dramatically

The report is an annual benchmarking exercise that measures progress towards parity between men and women in four areas: Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, Economic Opportunity and Political Empowerment. In this latest edition, the report finds that progress towards parity in the key economic pillar has slowed dramatically with the gap - which stands at 59% - now larger than at any point since 2008.

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