The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated a number of trends, creating what the World Economic Forum calls a “double-double shift” of at least 20 hours per week of additional work for women at home.
The crisis is also potentially exacerbating existing gender gaps, it said.
The Forum is holding its online meeting The Davos Agenda this week to help shape "a more inclusive, cohesive and sustainable future".
A panel of experts on Monday discussed the policies, practices and partnerships needed to shape an equal future of work for women and accelerate progress towards parity.
Taking part were Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations undersecretary-general and executive director empowerment entity UN Women; Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt's Minister of International Co-operation; Kevin Sneader, global managing partner at McKinsey; and Michael Neidorff, chief executive of health insurer Centene.
The discussion was moderated by Mina Al-Oraibi, Editor-in-Chief of The National.