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Studies have shown that the link between women in the workplace and a country’s economic growth is closely connected. Despite this, globally women are not paid or rewarded equally to their male colleagues and remain under-represented in the workplace, as well as proportionally less represented in senior roles.

Compiled using data gathered between November 2015 and January 2016, covering 25 countries our report takes a deeper look into the many issues creating a gender divide in the workplace, and how to over come them.

Key findings

  • Men and women are equally ambitious, with 73% of men and 67% of women aspiring to reach a top leadership position. 
  • Just 22% of men compared to 44% of women believe that equally capable male and female colleagues are not paid or rewarded in an equal manner.
  • Flexible working practices (33%) and education across the organisation to change workplace culture (23%) were the most commonly cited initiatives to improve gender diversity.

While the findings vary by country and by sector, we have discovered common themes and sometimes surprising results about what can be done today to ensure women continue to advance in their careers and achieve better representation at senior levels.

We also include interviews with a number of successful women at the top of their professions, who share their experience from both a personal and professional perspective.

Our research shows that organisations can still do significantly more to narrow the gap. They hold the key to advancing women in the workplace and have an opportunity and responsibility to close the gender divide. We want to make business leaders and the talented women they employ, aware of the issues affecting gender equality in the workplace.

In doing so, we hope to provide advice on how the divide between genders can be narrowed.

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