At the dawn of the 2020s, building fairer and more inclu- sive economies must be the goal of global, national and industry leaders. To get there, instilling gender parity across education, health, politics and across all forms of economic participation will be critical.
This year’s report highlights the growing urgency for action. Without the equal inclusion of half of the world’s tal- ent, we will not be able to deliver on the promise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for all of society, grow our economies for greater shared prosperity or achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At the present rate of change, it will take nearly a century to achieve parity, a timeline we simply cannot accept in today’s globalized world, especially among younger generations who hold increasingly progressive views of gender equality.
Governments must create policies that provide talent development, integration and deployment opportuni- ties for all genders, diversify the leadership pool and provide support to families and caregivers, in both youthful and ageing societies alike. And business and government must work together on creating a new economic and social nar- rative for action and on coordinating and speeding up the process of change