The Gender Gap Report 2017 (published annually by the World Economic Forum) have revealed that there is an increase
in the Gender Gap worldwide and that it will take a hundred years ,that is how long it will take to close the overall gender gap in the countries covered since the report began in 2006. Last year it was 83 years, highlighting the backward steps the world has taken in the past 12 months.
The picture for the economic gap between men and women is even bleaker. This won’t be closed for another 217 years. Thankfully, there is some good news. There could be gender parity in education by 2030, and significant progress is being made in closing the gap in politics - although it remains the widest across the four key areas measured.
This report finds that, globally, gender parity is shifting into reverse this year for the first time since the World Economic Forum started measuring it. Yet there are also many countries that have made considerable progress, understanding that talent is a critical factor for growth. These countries are poised for further success. This year’s analysis also reveals gender gaps at the industry level and, in particular, highlights that even though qualified women are coming out of the education system, many industries are failing to hire, retain and promote them, losing out on a wealth of capacity.
The report stressed on that; on current trends, the overall global gender gap can be closed in exactly 100 years across the 106 countries covered since the inception of the Report, compared to 83 years last year. The most challenging gender gaps remain in the economic and health spheres. Given the continued widening of the economic gender gap, it will now not be closed for another 217 years. However, the education–specific gender gap could be reduced to parity within the next 13 years. The political dimension currently holds the widest gender gap and is also the one exhibiting the most progress, despite a slowdown in progress this year. It could be closed within 99 years. The health gender gap is larger than it stood in 2006.
At the same time it points to that a key avenue for further progress is the closing of occupational gender gaps. These gaps often reflect a myriad set of factors that require adjustments within the education sector, within companies and by policymakers. In research collaboration with LinkedIn, the Report finds that men are distinctively under-represented in Education and Health and Welfare, while women are strongly under-represented in Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction and Information, Communication and Technology. Fair returns to skills and the availability of deeper talent pools are disrupted by existing gender biases—and the fields most affected, such as the care economy and the emerging technology sector, are losing out on the benefits of diversity.