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South Asia faces a wake up call as it trails in global gender equality


South Asia is facing a wake up call as it trails the world in its efforts to address the gender gap, one expert told CNBC.

The World Economic Forum predicts it could now take 195 years to reach gender equality in the region — 59 years more than the global average.

Businesses have a major responsibility to bridge that gap, Sharmini Wainwright, senior managing director at recruitment agency Michael Page Australia, told CNBC.

“It’s perhaps a good wake up moment here,” Wainwright said Thursday.

India, in particular, has a long way to go in this regard, she said, noting that the pandemic and other cultural and demographic issues made it an “incredibly challenging year” for the country….


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