02 Nov '11, 12am

Women hold less than 20% of key national positions across the world, says international study

NEW YORK (AFP) - Women are closing the gender gap on men in health and education but still cannot get a firm foot in the political and business doors, an international study said on Tuesday. Women hold less than 20% of key national positions, said the World Economic Forum in its Global Gender review of 135 nations. While 85 per cent of the countries have made some progress in the past six years, women's rights are declining in the rest of the world, notably in several African and South American countries. International scores for health and education have improved with 96 per cent of the health benchmarks and 93 per cent of the education gaps closed. Economic and political participation continue to show the largest gaps. Less than 20 per cent of ministers and national lawmakers are women, said the report. There are about 20 elected female heads of state and government.

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