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Women, Business and the Law measures global progress toward gender equality in the law. Topic notes and related research provide further analysis of the data.

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Mar 01, 2022

Women, Business and the Law 2022

Women, Business and the Law 2022 is the eighth in a series of annual reports measuring the laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies. Women, Business and the Law makes the case for reform toward gender equality and highlights the way toward a more equitable and prosperous world. This year, the report also includes important pilot research on the legal frameworks surrounding the availability, affordability, and quality of childcare, and preliminary results of pilot efforts to examine the implementation of the laws measured by the Women, Business and the Law indicators.

Overview

Women, Business and the Law 2022 is the eight in a series of annual reports that analyze laws and regulations affecting women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies.

Eight indicators—structured around women’s interactions with the law as they begin, progress through, and end their careers—align with the economic decisions women make at various stages of their lives. The indicators are Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entrepreneurship, Assets, and Pension.

Data in Women, Business and the Law 2022 are current as of October 1, 2021. The indicators are used to build evidence of the relationship between legal gender equality and women’s entrepreneurship and employment.

By examining the economic decisions women make as they go through different stages of their working lives, as well as legal reforms in the areas measured, Women, Business and the Law makes a contribution to policy discussions about the state of women’s economic opportunities.