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About Women, Business and the Law

Though legal gender parity has improved around the world, major differences persist. Many laws and regulations continue to prevent women from improving their own well-being and that of their families by working or running a business. How can governments improve regulations to benefit women entrepreneurs and workers?

Since its inception in 2009, Women, Business and the Law has collected unique 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 adequately support the businesses women tend to concentrate in.

Women, Business and the Law 2016, the fourth in a series, provides data on barriers to women's entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies. The report enhances the global data on laws and regulations that affect women's prospects as entrepreneurs and employees, while also making it easier to compare economies. It is hoped that this resource will inform research and policy discussions on improving women's economic opportunities and outcomes.

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.