The Global Gender Gap Report 2008
In the midst of the current economic downturn, policymakers and business leaders are struggling to manage short-term shocks, prepare their economies to perform well in a medium-term economic landscape characterized by growing volatility and develop institutions and regulations to stave off such crises in the future. It is more important now than ever before for countries and companies to pay heed to one of the fundamental cornerstones of economic growth available to them—the skills and talent of their human resource pool. Women not only make up one half of this potential talent base, they also contribute to bringing in some different perspectives that are so important in a complex, inter-dependent and fast-moving world. Over the past few decades, both developed and developing countries have made substantial progress in educating women and improving their health.