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136 years to bridge the gender gap widened by Covid-19


A report on the gender gap index for 2021 published Wednesday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) said the Covid-19 pandemic has rolled back a lot of the progress and efforts made so far to achieve parity between men and women, predicting it will now take around 135.6 years, globally, to this effect. Noting, that the previous WEF report issued in December 2019 before the onset of the pandemic indicated that reaching gender equality in different arenas will take 99.5 years. The said report examines the gender gap in some 156 countries across four indicators: education, health, political empowerment and economic opportunity. Accordingly, the largest gender gap, nearly 40% percent, is found in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa that are witnessing slow progress in terms of equality, and it will take about 142 years to bridge that gap. Nordic countries, namely Iceland and Finland topped the list of the most gender-equal countries in the world, followed by Norway and New Zealand. And while countries like the United Arab Emirates, Togo and Serbia, have witnessed a remarkable progress in this regard, other Arab countries, Iran, Turkey and a number of African states ranked last. In conclusion, the WEF report stressed that another generation of women will have to wait to reach parity due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (The report in English can be found on the following link:

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