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Gendered Laws and Women in the Workforce

This paper uses the World Bank’s newly constructed Women, Business and the Law 50-year database to provide the first global look at how gender discrimination by the law affects women’s economic opportunity and chart the evolution of legal inequalities over five decades.


Absent laws and missing women: Can domestic violence legislation reduce female mortality?

This study explores the relationship between the presence of domestic violence legislation and the adult mortality of women relative to men.

A patient sits in a wheel chair in a hospital in Lebanon.

The Rights of Women with Disabilities

This topic note showcases the results of a pilot research on the legal rights of women with disabilities in 176 economies as part of the 10 Commitments on Disability-Inclusive Development. The research was developed with the support of the World Bank's Environmental and Social Framework Implementation Support Unit (ESF ISU).

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Researching the relationship between gender equality and economic growth.