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Women, Business and the Law (WBL) is a World Bank Group project collecting data on the laws and regulations that restrict women's economic opportunities.


When societies achieve gender equality, economies become more resilient. That's why Women, Business and the Law is committed to informing research and policy discussions about the state of women’s economic opportunities and empowerment. Women, Business and the Law demonstrates the progress made while emphasizing the work still to be done to ensure economic empowerment for all.


Since 2009, Women, Business and the Law is enhancing the study of gender equality and informing discussions on improving women's economic opportunities and empowerment. The dataset offers objective and measurable benchmarks for global progress toward gender equality. Comparable across economies, the data is useful for research and policy discussions on improving women's economic opportunities. The methodology is supported by research and builds on the experience of the World Bank’s Doing Business project, which develops objective indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights.

Over the last decade, Women, Business and the Law has expanded coverage to 190 economies and eight topics relevant to women's economic participation.


Women, Business and the Law 2020 measures the legal differences on access to economic opportunities between men and women in 190 economies. The data and analysis highlight the work still to be done to ensure economic empowerment for all. All our previous reports are available for download on the Reports page.


Women, Business and the Law is researched and written by a team of experienced lawyers and experts. Meet the team.