In 38 countries, women can still be fired for being pregnant

Olena Mykhalchenko, Isabel Santagostino Recavarren |

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 27 economies in all regions and income groups enacted reforms to remove obstacles to women’s economic inclusion across all areas, and increased good practices in…

Natália Mazoni Silva Martins, Bassam Sebti |

Women, Business and the Law 2021 shows that when it comes to laws affecting economic participation, on average, women have just three quarters the rights of men. While the gap to be bridged is…

Marie Caitriona Hyland, Sarah Bunker |

The economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound detrimental effect for most people around the world. Yet, it has impacted men and women differently. The pandemic has…

Norman Loayza, Tea Trumbic |

In Liberia many women have started breaking out of traditional sectors with success. However they’re less visible than women participating in less profitable sectors. Behavioral science can help…

Catherine MacLeod, Sarika Gupta |

In a recent paper, we our researchers use Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data to explore gender gaps in the incidence of land and housing property among married couples, and the factors…

Isis Gaddis, Rahul Lahoti, Hema Swaminathan |

During this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Word Bank’s Women, Business and the Law team and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) are raising…

Ilaria Bottigliero, Rea Abada Chiongson, Marina Elefante, Nupur Prakash, Isabel Santagostino Recavarren |

Ahead of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, we ask what about women with disabilities? Employment rates of women with disabilities are the lowest compared to…

Julia Braunmiller |

While devastating for all, much as the COVID-19 crisis, poverty is not gender blind. Women represent a majority of the poor in most regions and among some age groups.

Paula Tavares, Natália Mazoni Silva Martins |

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a spike in child marriages globally.

Nelsy Affoum, Isabel Santagostino Recavarren |