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Women, Business and the Law analyzes laws and regulations affecting women's economic inclusion in 190 economies.

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Women, Business and the Law 2021 Launch Event

The Women, Business and the Law 2021 launch event brought together experts to discusss what can be done to improve women’s economic opportunities and empower them in the world of work and at home, especially in the context of the global pandemic.

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CSW65: Gendered effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

The session, part of the United Nation's CSW65, discussed the unprecedented challenges faced by women employees and entrepreneurs, and the impact of government responses to the COVID-19 crisis from a gender perspective.

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50 Years of Women's Rights

How have women’s legal rights evolved over the last 50 years? This infographic explores how more than 1,500 reforms enhancing women’s economic empowerment were passed in every country over the past 50 years.

Events

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.

Gendered Laws and Women in the Workforce

This paper uses the 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.

50 Years of Women's Rights

How have women’s legal rights evolved over the last 50 years? This infographic explores how more than 1,500 reforms enhancing women’s economic empowerment were passed in every country over the past 50 years.

Doing Business

Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.

Protecting Women from Violence

This topic note examines the legally-mandated access and existence of certain key support services in a set of 100 economies on regulation aimed at closing gaps between laws and their implementation.

Gendered Laws

This policy research working paper uses the 50 years of Women, Business and the Law data to chart the evolution of legal gender equality over time and to examine its relationship to women’s labor market outcomes.

Tackling Childcare

This note showcases how different countries regulate private childcare services. It builds awareness of how quality childcare services are linked to women’s economic empowerment and identifies areas for reform.

Discriminatory Laws Against Women: A Survey of Literature

This working paper reviews the empirical literature on the impact of gender discriminatory laws on women’s outcomes across various domains constituting Women, Business and the Law’s measure of gender inequality.

Saving for Old Age

Differences women face in their working lives relative to men can result in unequal economic outcomes in retirement. This case study examines the gender gap in access to pensions.

Women's Financial Inclusion and the Law

A case study examining how discriminatory laws can affect women’s demand for financial services.

Ending Violence against Women and Girls

Part of a series that assesses the role of laws and specific programs or interventions in ending violence against women.

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Mobility

Examining constraints on women’s freedom of movement.

Workplace

Analyzing laws affecting women’s decisions to enter and remain in the labor force.

Pay

Measuring laws and regulations concerning job restrictions and the gender wage gap.

Marriage

Assessing legal constraints related to marriage.

Parenthood

Evaluating laws affecting women’s work after having children.

Entrepreneurship

Examining constraints women face when starting and running a business.

Assets

Analyzing gender differences in property and inheritance law.

Pension

Assessing laws affecting the size of a woman’s pension.

Additional Information

Experts

Norman Loayza

Director, Global Indicators Group

Tea Trumbic

Program Manager, Women, Business and the Law, Global Indicators Group

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Anugraha Palan
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