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Countries need to do much more to close gender gaps worldwide, according to a new OECD report.
The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle  presents a stark call to action, highlighting that very little progress has been made since the 2012 OECD report Closing the Gender Gap Now . 
In the latest survey carried out in 2012 on the pursuit of gender equality, OECD countries identified the three most important gender inequality issues: violence against women, the persisting large gender wage gap, and the unequal sharing of unpaid work. Many countries are now prioritising these issues in policy, and many are also pushing to get more women into public and private sector leadership.

Some progress has been made, the report notes. Nonetheless, gender gaps persist in all areas of social and economic life across countries, and the size of these gaps has often changed little in recent years. Women's labour force participation rates have moved closer to men's rates over the past few decades, but in every OECD country women are still less likely than men to engage in paid work. 

Clearly much remains to be done to narrow, and ultimately close, gender gaps across all countries. The report outlines not only the social but also the strong economic case for action: reducing the gender gap in labour force participation by 25% by 2025, as agreed by G20 leaders, could add 1 percentage point of growth to projected baseline GDP growth across the OECD over the period 2013-25, and almost 2.5 percentage points if gender participation gaps were halved by 2025. 

To access the report, please click here.