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29 October 2014 Last updated at 10:52 ET

'Sweeping change' narrows gender gapGender gap map: Dark blue is the smallest gender gap, through to red, with the largest gender gap.

Increased access for women to politics and the workforce has narrowed the global gender gap in the past 10 years, the World Economic Forum says.

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I don't know her name, because she lives in a remote village in India - or was it Afghanistan? She's not a politician - nor will she ever be. She does not seek publicity, or wear shoes that cost more than a Bangladeshi worker will earn in 10 years. But hopefully one day she or her daughter will break free from male-dominated society and carve out a living as a small-scale businesswoman.

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