Gender gap grows again after a decade

Worldwide Gender Gap Widens for the First Time in 10 Years

The report of the world economic forum reported that progress towards the equalization of rights of men and women suspended this year, although this procedure was observed during the previous decade in different countries of the globe.

The Geneva-based organization's annual report tracks the disparities between the sexes in four areas: education, health, economic opportunity and political empowerment. The parity gap across health, education, politics and the workplace widened for the first time since 2006.

That was mostly due to improvements on its economic participation and opportunity score, where it moved up six places on the back of improved parity in income.

Last year, WEF said women would achieve economic equality in 170 years, down from 118 years in 2015. That gap will take 217 years to close if the current slow rate of progress continues.

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In conclusion, WEF suggests India may need to employ more women in top elected government positions to maintain its top 20 ranking in 'political empowerment'.

Ranked 100 overall, China was No. 144-dead last-for gender parity when it came to women's health.

The timeline is even worse when the researchers looked at just economic inequality.

"Three countries from Eastern Europe are among the top twenty this year: Slovenia (7th), Latvia (20th), as well as Bulgaria (18th) which is also among the most improved economies in this edition of the Global Gender Gap Index", Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva, WEF's Economist tells Emerging Europe. The gap between men and women again began to increase.

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The United States meanwhile dropped four spots to 49th place due to women's dwindling political representation, with a "significant decrease in gender parity in ministerial level positions", the report said. Zahidi says that public-private collaborations or exchanging information about best practices could help address the issue.

Swiss voters and politicians regularly debate policies for more after-school care options, longer paternity leave and ways to address its expensive child care. The latter two are of particular concern because they already carried the largest gaps and, until this year, were registering the fastest progress.

Experts have pointed to a change in attitude towards women pursuing their education as an explanation, coupled with the school system being adapted to girls during their teens (girls typically show higher levels of concentration). Boys tend to choose subjects like economics, technology and science that lead them into higher-responsibility jobs. For example, it's one of the few advanced economies that doesn't provide women with paid maternity leave.

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