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Saadia Zahidi
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BA (Hons) in Economics, Smith College; Master's in International
Economics, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. With
World Economic Forum: former Economist, Global Competitiveness
Programme, responsible for economic analysis for the Global
Competitiveness reports, Arab World reports and other topical and
regional studies; currently, Head of Constituents, responsible for the
engagement of religious leaders, NGOs, labour leaders, women leaders
and gender parity groups; also leads research on gender issues.
Founder and Co-Author, Global Gender Gap Report series, benchmarking
countries according to the size of their gender gaps on health,
education, economic participation and political empowerment.

Entries by Saadia Zahidi

Imagine International Women's Day in 2035

(16) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 7:02 AM

With Cold War-style politics gripping Eastern Europe this week, it seems fitting that one of the most iconic Soviet holidays is upon us: International Women's Day, which began as a socialist celebration of women's economic, political and social achievements.

The holiday has become a modern-day marker of women's progress...

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The Hard Facts on Gender

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 1:15 PM

A page detailing the hard facts on gender confronts visitors to a Saudi academic's office. It is sello-taped to the door. The page comes from the Global Gender Gap Report the World Economic Forum produces every year to inform the global debate on women. The last time I went...

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Capitalizing on Human Capital

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:29 PM

Imagine a country with large mineral deposits. Government and business would naturally seek to create an environment within which those deposits can be extracted and refined to generate returns, ideally for many. Let's extend that analogy to people. What are the key investments that need to go into generating and...

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What Makes the Nordic Countries Gender Equality Winners?

(7) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 6:43 PM

Although no country in the world has yet achieved gender equality, the Nordic countries consistently stand out in the World Economic Forum's annual Global Gender Gap Report, which measures how well countries are doing at removing the obstacles that hold women back.

In this year's report, Iceland holds...

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We Owe it to Malala to End Our Gender Gaps Now

(19) Comments | Posted November 10, 2012 | 5:13 PM

The story of Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban earlier this month for advocating female education, was a shocking reminder of how much still needs to be done to equalize opportunities for men and women.

The World Economic Forum's latest Global...

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Closing the Gender Gap One Case at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 9:02 AM

Capital is no longer the decisive factor of production in today's global economy: A business or an economy's competitive advantage is increasingly determined by innovative ideas or immaterial services, and is less dependent on tangible assets. We are rapidly moving from capitalism to "talentism." In such a world, gender parity...

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Accelerating the Path to Gender Parity

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 8:00 AM

This week we commemorate the 100th International Women's Day, celebrating the enormous strides women have made over the past century. Yet, there are still vast differences between women and men in terms of access to resources and opportunities. How can we ensure that we do not have to wait another...

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