Go to series
Radio Davos

How COVID and cost of living hit progress on equality: the Global Gender Gap Report 2023

Scroll down for full podcast transcript.

In most parts of the world, the gender gap - the difference in opportunities and outcomes for women compared to men - is closing. But closing so slowly that it would take, at the current rate of progress, until 2154 for men and women to be truly equal.

That statistic comes from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, an extensive, annual survey whose latest edition has just been published.

In this episode, World Economic Forum Managing Director Saadia Zahidi picks some highlights from the report - which has lots to say about the state of gender inequality in the post-pandemic, cost-of-living squeezed world.

We also hear from Sue Duke, Vice-President of LinkedIn where she heads public policy.

She talks about the challenges facing women in the workplace, particularly in the area of STEM - science, technology, engineering and maths - and how tricky is still is for women to get to the top of companies (the 'C-suite').

Read more on the Gender Gap Report:



Check out all our podcasts on wef.ch/podcasts:

Podcast transcript

Hosted by:
Robin Pomeroy

Podcast Editor, World Economic Forum

Gayle Markovitz

Acting Head, Written and Audio Content, World Economic Forum

Saadia Zahidi

Managing Director, World Economic Forum

Sue Duke

Head, Global Public Policy and Economic Graph Team, LinkedIn


Gender Inequality

Despite the progress made on closing gender gaps in work and education, gender inequality remains the norm around the world. Violence against women has yet to be properly addressed in any country, and social, cultural, political, and economic barriers continue to hinder women’s participation in labour forces, politics, and humanitarian action - while stunting their presence in leadership roles. Assessments conducted by UN Women in dozens of countries confirm that COVID-19 has widened existing gaps, resulting in a disproportionate loss of work and deepening poverty for women and girls, while increasing both gender-based violence and women’s unpaid domestic workloads. Change, in t...

View map
Gender InequalityJobs and Skills

More episodes:

Radio Davos

Why it's time for the 'middle powers' to step up on geopolitics

Bridging the financial literacy gender gap: Here are 5 digital inclusion projects making a difference

Claude Dyer and Vidhi Bhatia

April 18, 2024

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2024 World Economic Forum