It will take another 132 years to close the global gender gap.
Gender parity is not recovering, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2022.
As crises are compounding, women’s workforce outcomes are suffering and the risk of global gender parity backsliding further intensifies. Disruptions caused by the pandemic are holding back progress. Among about 150 countries, only 20% have managed to reduce the gap by at least 1%.
In 2022, amid multi-layered and compounding crises including the rising cost of living, the ongoing pandemic, the climate emergency and large-scale conflict and displacement, the progress towards gender parity is stalling. As leaders tackle a growing series of economic and political shocks, the risk of reversal is intensifying. Not only are millions of women and girls losing out on access and opportunity at present, this halt in progress towards parity is a catastrophe for the future of our economies, societies and communities. Accelerating parity must be a core part of the public and private agenda.
The annual report examines four main metrics of gender parity: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.
Extract from the Global Gender Gap Report 2022 Preface by Managing Director Saadia Zahidi.