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Asia's top economies lose ground on gender equality

India, Japan, China among those to slip in latest World Economic Forum ranking

A street market in Mumbai: India faces widening gender gaps in politics, healthy life expectancy and basic literacy.   © Reuters

TOKYO Asia's largest economies dropped in the World Economic Forum's latest gender equality ranking, announced on Nov. 2, with India falling 21 places to 108th.

The Global Gender Gap Index shows that while the region has become a major driver of the global economy, most countries still lag behind when it comes to equal opportunities between the sexes.

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