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Reminder of president's promise for better gender representation

14 0 5
26.07.2022
By Song Kyung-jin

One of my lifelong missions I feel is to continue addressing the perennial gender deficit Korea has been suffering from and thus the importance of promoting gender balance across all walks of life in Korea. The annual Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) serves as a regular reminder for me not to forget that mission.

The WEF report gives rise, without exception, to an annual contest of pros and cons in Korea about its methodology and the index indicators for being too simplistic, failing to capture the gender reality more broadly. While such arguments deserve due respect, we must not lose sight that we are still lagging far behind our global standings in other indexes.

This year Korea ranked 99th out of the 146 countries surveyed, up three notches from 2021. However, a narrowed gap in educational attainment and health and survival has still not translated into a proportionately narrower gap in economic participation and opportunity as well as political empowerment of women.

While Korea is the world's 10th-largest economy, in women's economic participation and opportunity its place is found in the 115th rank. The gender pay gap is still one of the widest among OECD member nations at 31.48 percent, whereas Japan's is 22.52 percent.

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