There is a way to go before women achieve . According to the recently released Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum, it will be than 200 years before women and men have parity. The report found women lag behind men in many areas. Women earn about 20-30 per cent less on average than their counterparts. One reason for this is the lack of women in management positions. The report said: "In the , women still encounter significant obstacles in taking on managerial or senior roles."
The World Economic Forum found that closed by only a small in the past year. The largest gap between the sexes was in . It said: "Only 23 per cent of the gap..has been closed, and no has yet fully closed political empowerment ." Wide gaps still exist in healthcare and education . The report said: "The equal of women and men in this process of deep economic and societal transformation is . More than ever, societies cannot afford to lose out on the skills, ideas and perspectives of of humanity."