Gender Inequality

Fewer women CEOs have been appointed since the start of the COVID-19 crisis - here’s why

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Despite making up half the population, women make up only 5% of chief executives globally. Image: Unsplash/Christina @

Victoria Masterson
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Ireland has the highest percentage (15%) of female CEOs globally. Image: Route to the Top 2020, Heidrick & Struggles
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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on women. Image: UNDP (From Insights to Action: Gender Equality in the wake of COVID-19)

What's the World Economic Forum doing about the gender gap?

how the gender gap has evolved in recent years
Gender equality in educational attainment is now only 12 years away. Image: World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Index, 2020
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