World Economic Forum – Insight Report
30 March 2021 :: 405 pages
Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.
31 Mar 2021
· Another generation of women must wait for gender parity as an extra 36 years are added to the time remaining to close the gender gap
· Despite progress in education and health, women face economic hurdles, declining political participation and workplace challenges
· Iceland remains the world’s most gender-equal country, followed by Finland, Norway, New Zealand and Sweden
· Report calls for strategies and polices that emphasize investment in the care sector, equal hiring practices and skills development
· Discover the full report, infographics and more information here: wef.ch/gendergap21
Geneva, Switzerland, 31 March 2021 – Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.
Progress towards gender parity is stalling in several large economies and industries. This is partly due to women being more frequently employed in sectors hardest hit by lockdowns combined with the additional pressures of providing care at home.
The report, now in its 15th year, benchmarks the evolution of gender-based gaps in four areas: economic participation and opportunity; educational attainment; health and survival; and political empowerment. It also examines the drivers of gender gaps and outlines the policies and practices needed for a gender-inclusive recovery.
The deterioration in 2021 is partly attributed to a widening political gender gap in several large population countries. Despite over half of the 156 indexed countries registering an improvement, women still hold only 26.1% of parliamentary seats and 22.6% of ministerial positions worldwide. On its current trajectory, the political gender gap is expected to take 145.5 years to close, compared to 95 years in the 2020 edition of the report, an increase of over 50%…