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

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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').

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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

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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...

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