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Dec 19, 2018 07:48 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Why China's Gender Gap Is Growing

China is becoming a more unequal place for women, a new report says.

The nation ranks 103rd out of 149 countries for gender equality, slipping from last year’s 100 out of 144, according to an annual report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Friday.

That puts China behind Myanmar, Romania and Russia.

This marks the fifth year in a row that China’s Gender Gap Index score has fallen. The index measures women’s opportunities in politics, education, health and the economy.

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A major driver of the growing gender gap has been a widening disparity between men’s and women’s economic participation. While nearly 70% of countries have narrowed the economic gender gap in the past 10 years, China’s gap actually widened over the same period, a WEF spokesperson told Caixin.

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