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There is still long way to go before women achieve economic equality with men. Centuries, in fact. This is according to recently-released annual Global Gender Gap Report from World Economic Forum. It said it would take more than 200 years before women and men worldwide have economic parity. report found many areas in which women lag far behind today. One huge area is pay. Women around world currently earn about 20-30 per cent less on average than their male counterparts. factor contributing to this is scarcity of women in management positions. The WEF said: "In workplace, women still encounter significant obstacles in taking on managerial or senior official roles."

World Economic Forum (WEF) found that inequalities between sexes had closed by only small amount in past year, since the last report was published. Researchers found that largest gap between sexes was in politics. It said: "Only 23 per cent of political gap - unchanged since last year - has been closed, and no country has yet fully closed political empowerment gaps." Other wide gaps still exist in healthcare and education opportunities. WEF said: "The equal contribution of women and men in this process of deep economic and societal transformation is critical. More than ever, societies cannot afford to lose out on skills, ideas and perspectives of half of humanity."

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