Our Impact

Tackling the Gender Gap

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The annual Global Gender Gap Report provides leaders with the information they need to tackle national gender gaps.

The challenge

Why should women not have equal access to health, education, earning power and political representation?

The combination of talent and technology will determine how the Fourth Industrial Revolution can drive sustainable economic growth and other benefits to society. However, if half the world’s talent – women – are denied full economic, political and social participation, these great opportunities will be missed.

There is also a basic moral case for empowering women. Why should women not have equal access to health, education, earning power and political representation?

The strategy

The Global Gender Gap Report assesses and compares inequality between men and women, and tracks progress over time. First compiled in 2006, it raises awareness of the issue in each country, facilitates exchange between policymakers and reveals countries that are potential role models.

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The Global Gender Gap Index

The Global Gender Gap Index measures the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics. It does not set specific priorities for countries, but instead provides a data and a tracking methodology to help countries set priorities within their own economic, political and cultural contexts.

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How can talent be developed and deployed to ensure that more than 7 billion people can fulfill their potential?

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The impact

The latest report covers 144 countries, spanning over 90% of the world’s population.

While much work still needs to be done on the economic and political fronts, the countries surveyed by the Global Gender Gap Report in 2016 had closed 96% of the gender gap in health and over 95% of the gap in education, the highest value measured to date.