International Women's Day: This Is How Far We Have To Go To Bridge The Global Gender Pay Gap

This Is How Far We Have To Go To Achieve Global Gender Parity

At the going rate (read: a snail's pace), it will take another 118 years (until 2133) to close the economic gap between men and women, according to a report released by the World Economic Forum.

That's why this year's International Women's Day focus is #PledgeForParity, asking people across the world to be champions of gender parity.

In a series of starling statistics compiled for The Huffington Post UK by Oxfam, here is a snapshot into the reality of the global gender pay gap as it stands today.

  • Fewer than 4% of CEOs leading the worlds 500 major corporations were women in 2014, and women’s representation amongst corporate managers, legislators and senior officials ranges between 21% in Africa and 37% in Latin America and the Caribbean -
  • UN Stats 2015
  • As many as 600 million women, 53% of the world’s working women, work in jobs that are insecure and typically not protected by labour laws - UN Women, 2012
  • Women make up just 55 of the 500 richest people in the world. Or just nine of the 62 people who own the same wealth as half the world's population - Forbes, 2015
  • Women earn less than men across all sectors and occupations, with women working full-time earning between 70% and 90% of what men earn, in most countries - UN Women, 2015


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