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UK slips further

It looks as though the looming changes in the law surrounding equality couldn’t come at a better time. The UK is now ranked 13th in the global league table of gender equality. Although out of 130 countries this position isn’t bad, we have slipped two places since 2007, and four since 2006. The Global Gender Gap Index is based on women’s pay, work opportunities, political power, health and education and the UK is now an unimpressive 81st on the list for equal pay. With its law requiring businesses to increase the proportion of female board members to over 40%, it’s no surprise that Norway took the top spot. Let’s see if developments in 2009 make a difference…

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