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Women, Business and the Law is a World Bank Group product that collects data on laws and regulations constraining women's entrepreneurship and employment. The dataset illuminates how government policies limit women's full economic participation through unequal laws and a business environment which does not support the businesses women participate in. Read more »

  • 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)
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    Key Findings (PDF, 1.6MB) | Download 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 (PDF, 6MB)

  • Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal launch event in London on November 2, 2015

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  • Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal was launched on September 9, 2015 at event held in Washington, DC.

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