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Closing the Gender Gap


With International Women’s Day just around the corner we couldn’t help but discuss one of the most startling figures we’ve come across in recent years. It’s that of The World Economic Forum’s estimate that it will take around 135+ years to close the economic gender gap, based on the current rate of progress. A figure which in our opinion is wholly unacceptable and one that can only be addressed if we all pull in the same direction.

This of course means that another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, a situation which has worsened since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thankfully this timeline can be sped up by focusing on key areas to accelerate the closing of the gender gap and breaking the bias!

1. As we emerge from the pandemic it is imperative that gender parity is hardwired into both peoples mindsets and organisational culture through the retraining, reskilling and upskilling of women to be ready for employment and careers in high growth sectors like tech. This is where TechTalent Academy comes in, helping to provide industry leading training to individuals across the UK.

2. It’s an obvious one, but remuneration has a large part to play in gender gaps between and within sectors and they have to be closed. We can do this through enhancing work quality and pay standards across currently low paid but vitally essential work.

3. Women’s participation in the labour force requires enhanced social safety nets, specifically in areas such as the provision of childcare support.

4. The path to management and leadership roles needs to be clearer for women. Setting targets and pathways to growth are imperative to showcasing the opportunities available to women.

As it stands, gender equality remains unfinished business in every country of the world. It’s a sad but true fact that women and girls too often lack economic autonomy and are under-represented in decision-making at all levels. The progress that has been made towards gender equality over the past quarter of a century, though slow and incremental, does however show that change is possible.

Legal reform, strengthening gender-responsive social protection and public service delivery, quotas for women’s representation, and support for women’s movements are all strategies that have made a difference and if we all continue to work together, we have the potential to transform the lives of women and girls, for the benefit of all.