No economic gen­der par­ity till 2186

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

women will con­tinue to be un­equal in economic terms for the next 170 years. This is be­cause ef­forts to close gen­der gaps in pay and work­force par­tic­i­pa­tion slowed down dra­mat­i­cally in 2015. Swiss non-profit World Economic Fo­rum's (WEF's) Global Gen­der Gap Re­port 2016 has cal­cu­lated the economic gap to be 59 per cent, the same as in 2008. The gap in­creased be­cause of women's lower salaries and fewer num­bers in the work­force and se­nior po­si­tions. WEF ranked 144 na­tions in its re­port on gen­der equal­ity based on per­for­mance in ed­u­ca­tion, health, economic op­por­tu­nity and political em­pow­er­ment. In­dia ranked 87th.

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