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WEF Gender Gap report shines harsh light on Asia's lopsided politics

Japan, China and others trail as region remains only 13% of way to political parity

Protesters criticize the treatment of women in Australian politics last year. Gender equality was a key theme of the recent Australian election that brought a change of government.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- East Asia and the Pacific will need another 168 years to close the region's gender gap, with a particularly long way to go toward achieving parity in politics, the World Economic Forum said in a new report.

The Geneva-based WEF's Global Gender Gap report tracks progress toward equality based on a range of factors, including economic and political participation, education and health. The 2022 edition, released on Wednesday, estimates that as a whole it will take the world another 132 years to level the playing field.

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