Pandemic delays gender parity progress: World Economic Forum

Data: World Economic Forum; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Women’s progress around the globe is stalling. It will now take 132 years for women to reach gender parity worldwide — a slight improvement from 2021. Before the pandemic, the number was 100 years, according to the World Economic Forum’s global gender gap index released Tuesday.

Why it matters: Women and girls are losing out on opportunities to fully participate out in the world, and the world is equally diminished by their absence.

  • The halt in progress comes at a time of upheaval for the global economy, with higher inflation, recession talk and a big reshuffling of the way some markets and businesses operate.
  • “If we want to be able to grow our way out of this current set of crises that’s only going to come from investment, human ingenuity, human creativity, and all of that requires a diversity of talent,” Saadia Zahidi, a managing director at WEF who co-authored the report, told Axios.
  • She…

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