A more equal recovery? How to speed up closing the gender gap

Saadia Zahidi, WEF Managing Director
Saadia Zahidi, WEF Managing Director © FRANCE 24

The Covid-19 pandemic has set back progress towards gender equality by a generation, according to the latest study from the World Economic Forum. The Gender Gap Report 2021 estimates it will take almost 136 years for parity to be achieved in terms of economic opportunities, political empowerment, health and education. WEF Managing Director Saadia Zahidi tells FRANCE 24 how the pandemic has affected the path to equality, and how countries of all levels of wealth can aim for gender parity.


The report ranks Iceland as the most gender-equal country, but the top 10 also include Rwanda and Namibia, along with other Nordic states.

"While it's not true that you have to be rich to afford to afford gender equality, it is true that if you go for gender quality, you are likely to be a more competitive economy in the future," Zahidi explains.

Also in the programme:

  • The hunger for more chips: Kate Moody examines why a global shortage of semiconductor microchips is hurting manufacturers and worrying political leaders.


  • And solving the puzzle of Covid-19 boredom: French jigsaw makers expand after a year that saw soaring demand for their products.


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