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The workplace gender gap won’t close until 2095

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If you are hoping to work in corporate environment which truly provides equal opportunities to both genders, you might be waiting for a while.

Based on current trends, researchers at the World Economic Forum predicts we’ll have to wait 80 years – until around 2095 – for the gender gap as we know it now to close entirely across organisations worldwide.

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% globally, having closed by 4% from 56% in 2006, when the Forum first started measuring it.

“In nine years of measuring the global gender gap, the world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace,” the report stated.

“Based on this trajectory, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close this gap completely.”

The gender gap in Singapore, however, was cited as becoming slightly less prevalent than last year, according to the report.

The island nation was ranked at 59th place among the 142 economies polled in total. Garnering a score of 0.705 out of 1 (1 being the perfect level of equality), it rose marginally from its 2013 score of 0.700.

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Iceland was identified as the country with the smallest gender gap, with a score of 0.8594. Finland and Norway rounded up the top three, achieving a score of 0.8453 and 0.8374 respectively.

“With no one country having closed its overall gender gap, Nordic nations remain the most gender-equal societies in the world,” the report stated.

“In Asia and the Pacific, the Philippines remains the region’s highest-ranked country, followed by New Zealand (13) and Australia (24).”

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