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The Global Gender Gap Is Narrowing, But It Will Still Take 132 Years to Reach Parity

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Morning commuters in London.

Morning commuters in London.

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Efforts to close the global gender gap improved slightly this year after the Covid-19 pandemic delayed gender equality by at least three decades, the World Economic Forum said. 

In its 16th Global Gender Gap Report the WEF said overall gender disparity across politics, work, health and education improved and it will now take 132 years to reach full parity compared with 136 years last year. Before the pandemic, the gap was set to close within 100 years.