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The proportion of women’s contribution to GDP is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than in Western Europe

According to McKinsey, women contribute 37% to global GDP. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) women contribute 39% to GDP which is one percent lower than North America and Oceania (40%) but higher than Western Europe (38%), Latin America (33%) and India (17%) among other world regions and key countries. The region with the largest share of women in the labour force is Eastern Europe and Central Asia (47%) followed by SSA (46%) in a close second together with North America & Oceania and Western Europe in a three-way tie.
Bridging the gender gap at work has the potential to add between US$12 trillion to US$28 trillion to the global economy by 2025. On a scale of 0 to 1 (high), gender equality in SSA (0.56) is higher than both China (0.50) and India (0.30). Aggregate gender parity in SSA (0.57) is slightly lower than China (0.61) but higher than the Middle East & North Africa (0.48), India (0.48) and South Asia (0.44, excluding India). In addition, SSA has the highest labour force participation rate globally at 84% followed by China (82%) and North America & Oceania (82%) tied in second place.
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