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To End Poverty on a Livable Planet, We Need Gender Equality

Gender equality is critically important to ending poverty. Why? It benefits not only women, but also societies and entire economies.

Countries cannot move forward if half of their citizens are held back

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.

Laws and Policies to Address Violence Against Women in Countries Affected by ...

This Brief presents data on legal and supportive frameworks to curb domestic violence and sexual harassment in 55 countries, including 17 categorized as affected by fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV).

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.


Voices of Female Entrepreneurs

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.

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.

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.

Women with Disabilities

WBL is collecting and analyzing data on the rights of women with disabilities under family law, labor law, and violence against women legislation.

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.

Explore our Indicators


Examining constraints on women’s freedom of movement.


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


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


Assessing legal constraints related to marriage.


Evaluating laws affecting women’s work after having children.


Examining constraints women face when starting and running a business.


Analyzing gender differences in property and inheritance law.


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

Additional Information


Norman Loayza

Director, Global Indicators Group

Tea Trumbic

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

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