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Women, Business and the Law is a World Bank Group project that collects data on gender inequality in the law. The dataset diagnoses legal barriers limiting women's full economic participation and encourages policymakers to reform discriminatory laws and regulations. Read more »

  • New Report

    WBL 2016

    ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE: CHILD MARRIAGE LAWS AND THEIR LIMITATIONS

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    More than 20,000 underage girls are illegally married every year, and close to 100 million girls are not legally protected from child marriage. These stark numbers are just the tip of the iceberg, says the recently released ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE: CHILD MARRIAGE LAWS AND THEIR LIMITATIONS report, a collaboration between the World Bank, represented by the Women, Business and the Law team and the Education Global Practice, and Save the Children.
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    Download Report (PDF) 
  • New Report

    WBL 2016

    THE TACKLING CHILDCARE PROJECT

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    THE TACKLING CHILDCARE PROJECT is a collaboration between the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law team (WBL) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Gender Secretariat in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The study of 50 countries highlights the business case for employer-supported childcare and the private sector provision of childcare services more broadly.
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    Download 4-pager: English (PDF) 
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    Full IFC Tackling Childcare Report  
  • New Report

    WBL 2016

    Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal

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    Getting to Equal measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies. It provides quantitative measures of laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities.
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    Download Report (PDF, 3MB) | Getting to Equal  Video
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    Key Findings (PDF, 1.6MB) | Key Findings in Other Languages
    Note: Since the launch of the Women Business and the Law 2016 report, data has been collected in additional economies. The website features data of 189 economies worldwide.
  • New Topic Note

    Closing the Gap—Improving Laws Protecting Women from Violence

    This topic note illuminates where gaps in legislation on violence against women remain across 173 economies worldwide. It highlights best practices as well as challenges to implementation throughout the globe and serves as a tool for identifying where there is room for legal reform.

    Download Topic Note: English (PDF, 6MB) l Portuguese (PDF, 5MB) l French (PDF, 6MB)