Research

Check out our new areas of research on measuring the legal environment in practice, toward available, affordable, and quality childcare services, women with disabilities and many more.

Areas of Research

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Measuring the Legal Environment in Practice

This pilot project presents a new conceptual framework for measuring the implementation gap by examining supportive frameworks for primary legislation and expert opinions of laws in practice.

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Toward Available, Affordable, and Quality Childcare Services

Women, Business and the Law presents a new conceptual framework for measuring the legal environment around the provision of childcare services. Related research provides further analysis of the data.

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Women with Disabilities

To better understand the impact of such multiple discrimination, WBL is conducting research on the rights of women with disabilities. As part of The World Bank Group’s Commitments on Disability-Inclusive Development, WBL is collecting and analyzing data on the rights of women with disabilities under family law, labor law, and violence against women legislation.

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Women's Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: Where do we Stand in Practice?

This Brief examines the challenges in implementing laws protecting women’s land rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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How Did India Successfully Reform Women’s Rights? Part II: Answers from the ...

This two-part policy brief series traces the development and reform of law in India related to three critical areas that affect women’s rights and economic opportunities. Part II: Answers from the Movement on Protection from Violence.

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How Did India Successfully Reform Women’s Rights? Part I: Answers from the ...

This two-part policy brief series traces the development and reform of law in India related to three critical areas that affect women’s rights and economic opportunities. Part I: Answers from the Movement on Equal Inheritance Rights.

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Protecting Women and Girls from Cyber Harassment : A Global Assessment of ...

This Brief analyzes laws from 190 economies to assess the extent and coverage of current legislative safeguards women from cyber harassment, one of the many forms of cyber violence.

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Filling the Gaps : Childcare Laws for Women's Economic Empowerment

This paper aims to provide global evidence on whether and what attributes of laws governing the provision of childcare services affect women's labor market outcomes.

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The Road to Reforming Ethiopia’s Policies on Maternity and Paternity Leave

This brief provides insight into how Ethiopia increased the duration of paid maternity leave from 90 to 120 days and introduced three days of paid paternity leave in 2019.

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Voices of Female Entrepreneurs

This interview series of female entrepreneurs features WE Empower Challenge awardees and finalists who share their stories and discuss laws that facilitate women’s entrepreneurship.

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Publications on legal reforms and women’s rights

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