As a part of the series "Women in business: international organizations' efforts", the spotlight here is on the World Economic Forum and its Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme, which engages top-level business and political leaders on gender parity issues. Every year, Senior Director Saadia Zahidi and her team issue the Global Gender Gap Report, to measure and rank the progress of all countries around the world in addressing the gender gap by collating a number of country indicators into a comparison index.
Globally, argues the Forum, the health and education gender gaps have been closed meaning that men and women receive almost the same level of attention and resources when it comes to health and education. The economic and political participation gaps, however, are currently at 60% and 19%, respectively, which makes us believe that the issue must be larger than simply lack of resources to be invested in women's education and health. Having attained that parity, as the numbers show, there must be something else that stops women from full political and economic participation. It is on these issues that the Forum intends to focus through the work of its three national-level taskforces in Turkey, Mexico and Japan, hoping to replicate these three pilots in other countries.
The Forum aspires to closing the economic gender gap in these countries by 10% in 3 years. Ambitious indeed.