International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.
The World Economic Forum’s 2020 report shows that, at the current pace of progress, it would take up to 163 years to close the global gender gap.
Western Europe – 54 years
Latin America and the Caribbean – 59 years
South Asia - 72 years
Sub Saharan Africa – 95 years
Eastern Europe and Central Asia – 107 years
Middle East and North Africa - 140 years
North America – 151 years
East Asia and the Pacific – 163 years
While the increased speed in some regions has reduced the estimated time to close gender gaps, progress remains slow and uneven across countries and regions. Policy makers and other stakeholders need to further adopt policies and practices to accelerate this process going forward.
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