New Zealand ranks among top ten nations on gender equality

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The WEF said the decline was largely due to the widening of the gender gap across all four of the report's pillars-educational attainment, health and survival, economic opportunity and political empowerment.

India slipped 21 ranks on the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Index to reach 108 out of a total of 144 measured countries.

Sociologists have noted that if the struggle for gender equality will be held at the current rate, then wait for the result will have at least a hundred years, although last year the situation was only talking about 83 years of waiting.

"It is a huge discrepancy compared with other advanced economies to only have 47% of white-collar roles occupied by women in Switzerland", she says.

Even India's entertainment sector has come into the limelight for paying male actors higher compared to female actors despite more women-centric films being produced these days.

The U.S. saw its ranking drop from 45th last year to 49th this year, mostly due to a lack of women in U.S. politics. The most challenging gender gaps remain in the economic and health spheres.

According to the report, no country has achieved gender parity when it comes to economic opportunities and work.

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Among the industries surveyed globally, large gaps were found in the availability of women talent for entry-level positions and the demand for hiring in industries, like manufacturing, and energy and mining, the talent pool of women graduates was found to be much larger than the demand for hires, it said.

From 2016 to 2017, China fell one place in the report's gender parity ranking, to No. 100 out of the 144 countries evaluated.

"Gender equality has to be looked at in a holistic way", Zahidi said.

But the global trend now seems to have made a U-turn, especially in workplaces, where full gender equality is not expected to materialize until 2234, WEF said in a report. "The fact that 66 per cent of women's work is unpaid shows the gender disparity". They included the region's top economies, including China, Japan, India and South Korea.

Experts have pointed to a change in attitude towards women pursuing their education as an explanation, coupled with the school system being adapted to girls during their teens (girls typically show higher levels of concentration).

However, this dominance does not translate into the workplace. "Most works taken up by women are babysitting and taking care of elderly persons which are paid on hourly basis in foreign countries", said Suparna.

However, the two-child policy has also introduced new challenges for working women.

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