Women’s progress at work knocked back

Women’s progress at work knocked back

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Progress for women in work could be back at 2017 levels by the end of the year as a result of the pandemic, according to analysis conducted for PwC’s Women in Work Index.

For nine years, all countries across the OECD made consistent gains towards women’s economic empowerment. However, due to Covid-19 this trend will now be reversed, with the Index estimated to fall 2.1 points between 2019 and 2021. It will not begin to recover until 2022, where it should gain back 0.8 points, but in order to undo the damage caused by the pandemic to women in work by 2030 progress towards gender equality needs to be twice as fast as its historical rate.

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