Equal treatment of women under the law is necessary for dynamic & resilient economies. The 2023 report finds that 176 countries maintain legal barriers to women’s full economic participation.
This Brief presents data collected by the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law (WBL) project on selected contours of National Financial Inclusion Strategies that can support women’s entrepreneurship.
Featuring WE Empower Challenge awardees and finalists who share their stories and discuss laws that facilitate women’s entrepreneurship as well as remaining opportunities for legal reform to further advance women’s economic empowerment.
Documenting the relationship between legal gender equality and the use of financial services, using individual-level data from 148 developed and developing economies.
Essential entry points for facilitating and informing policy dialogue about childcare services.
Laws around the world largely fail to protect the rights of women with disabilities.
Landmark reforms in São Tomé and Príncipe provide insights on the necessary elements to carry out meaningful reforms for gender equality.
Data show striking differences in how leave distribution for parents upon the birth of a child has evolved.
Legal recognition of multiple forms of discrimination is a key element to achieve the full inclusion of women with disabilities and enable societies to thrive in the long run.
Togo's recent reforms to the Persons and Family Code were driven by women’s civil society organizations, engaging a wide variety of stakeholders.
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.
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.
WBL is collecting and analyzing data on the rights of women with disabilities under family law, labor law, and violence against women legislation.
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.
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.
A case study examining how discriminatory laws can affect women’s demand for financial services.
Part of a series that assesses the role of laws and specific programs or interventions in ending violence against women.
Analyzing laws affecting women’s decisions to enter and remain in the labor force.
Director, Global Indicators Group
Manager, Women, Business and the Law, Global Indicators Group