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Globally, the gender pay gap persists. In 18 of the G20 countries, women earn 15% less than men.

Less than half of the economies analyzed in the latest World Bank report “Women, Business and the Law” have legislation mandating equal
remuneration for work of equal value.

Globally, only 55% of women (aged 15-64) are engaged in the labor market, as opposed to 78% of men.

The legal framework of all G20 countries provides women with the same rights as men to open a bank account at a formal financial
institution and guarantees women’s equal access to credit.

Nevertheless, despite this framework, an average of 22% of women in G20 countries lack access to formal bank accounts.

Women are underrepresented at all levels of the tech industry; the most substantial difference is at the highest-level positions. Only 21% of top executives in the tech sector are women.

Working women in most OECD countries are less likely than men to be high performers and have a
well-rounded skills mix, particularly digital skills.

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) could be considered as a global pandemic. 1 in 3 women will experience some form of violence during their life, targeted at them solely because of their gender. Violence against women and girls is a great obstacle for the achievement of gender equality, and in all its forms, (physical, psychological, sexual, economic, structural, cyber, harassment and blackmail on the working place) is one of the most serious gender-based violations of human rights and a discrimination against women which affect their fundamental freedoms, silencing them and become obstacles to their participation in the public and private sphere. 

Climate change and indirect consequences of natural disasters could impact on women’ health, safety and rights. At the same time, green and blue economy could represent new professional opportunities for both women and girls. Covid-19 underlined the tight liaison between human being and the safeguarding of the Planet, and on the importance of developing an holistic approach focused on “One Health”. This would allow looking at the problems of sustainability in a broader perspective that embraces, if not all, at least a significant part of the complexity that surrounds the human-environment system.

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