An expert told CNBC that as South Asia lags behind the world in its efforts to close the gender gap, South Asia is facing vigilance.
The World Economic Forum predicts that it may now take 195 years to achieve gender equality in the region-59 years higher than the global average.
Sharmini Wainwright, senior managing director of recruitment agency Michael Page Australia, told CNBC that companies have the primary responsibility to bridge this gap.
Wainwright said Thursday: “This may be a good time to wake up.
She said that India in particular has a long way to go in this regard, noting that the pandemic and other cultural and demographic issues have made India a “very challenging year”
“There is still a long way to go,” Wainwright said. “Large Indian companies (need to) really drive change.”
These findings are part of a wider study by the World Economic Forum on the impact of the epidemic on the gender gap. It is now estimated that it will take 135.6 years to achieve gender equality-a generation longer than previously thought.
The study shows that Western Europe is leading in terms of gender equality, and it is estimated that this gap has narrowed in 53 years, followed by North America (62 years), Latin America and the Caribbean (69 years).
Thailand leads the Asia-Pacific region
However, the rest of the Asia-Pacific region is showing signs of progress. Most notably, by 2020, more than half (53%) of senior executive positions in Thailand will be held by women.
Those ones Senior woman It is often a combination of international talents and local talents, especially within multinational companies in the manufacturing and supply chain fields.
Wayne Wright said: “What you have is an economy and a market, which is developing rapidly and very actively seeking talent.”
She added that this is also the result of the joint efforts of certain industries (such as manufacturing) in recent decades to attract and train female leaders.
She said: “Now, twenty years later, you have benefited a lot from it. They have truly seized this opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary career in this industry and truly play a leading role in it.”
Need more women on high chairs
Today, there are still very few women holding the highest leadership positions, the CEO role.
According to the report, the top three positions held by senior female executives are chief financial officer, marketing director and legal director.
Wainwright described it as the next “major breakthrough to be achieved” and called on people to be better allies.
She said: “How do we break through this number one seat? This has not yet come.”
“This conversation is also about men and women. They are usually the most influential people and they can make changes and make decisions.”