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Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and finally Yemen showed the biggest overall gender gaps of the countries surveyed. This is largely due to a narrower income gap between men and women, which stands at almost 51 per cent in 2018, and the number of women in leadership roles, which stands at 34 per cent globally.

The report, however, noted that Manila needs to improve in closing the gender gap in its health and survival category.

The global gender gap is going to take over 100 years to close, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Iceland was identified as the most gender-equal country, after closing over 85 percent of its overall gender gap, followed by Norway (83.5 percent), Sweden and Finland (82.2 percent).

Women are disproportionately affected by the automation of jobs and development of artificial intelligence, which could widen the gender gap if more women are not encouraged to enter the fields of science, technology and engineering, the World Economic Forum warned on Monday.

It was also placed 92nd among the countries when it comes to political empowerment. It showed drastic progress in economic factors, with increased wage equality and women's income.

The Geneva-based organisation's annual report tracked disparities between the sexes in 149 countries across four areas: education, health, economic opportunity and political empowerment. Among the Group of 20 major countries, its standing was only higher than South Korea (115th), Turkey (130th) and Saudi Arabia (141st).

The analysis also suggests that, in addition to being outnumbered three to one, women in AI are less likely to be positioned in senior roles or signal expertise in high-profile, emerging AI skills. This is just one of the initiatives that have helped the nation close 82% of its gender gap. "In terms of political empowerment, the progress achieved over the past decade has started to reverse". Women have as much access to financial services as men in just 60 percent of the countries and to land ownership in just 42 percent.

Other countries in the top-10 include Nicaragua (5th, 80.9 per cent), Rwanda (6th, 80.4 per cent), New Zealand (7th, 80.1 per cent), the Philippines (8th, 79.9 per cent), Ireland (9th, 79.6 per cent) and Namibia (10th, 78.9 per cent).

A gender gap index closer to 1 indicates a more fair society in terms of gender equality.

"More than ever, can not afford to companies, to waive the skills, ideas and perspectives of half of humanity", said WEF founder Klaus Schwab in the report.

Across the 149 countries assessed by the report, there were just 17 that now had women as heads of state, while on average just 18pc of ministers and 24pc of parliamentarians globally were women.

This marks the fifth year in a row that China's Gender Gap Index score has fallen.

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