This entry introduces eight papers published during the weeks of March 1 and 8 on various topics, including women’s empowerment, “Vaccine Club”, and digital transformation. Here are the highlights…

Policy Research Working Paper team |

Hear from three prominent women leaders from South Asia who have charted a path toward a more gender-equal world.

Subina Shrestha, Tehreem Saifey Ford, Erisha Suwal |

Over the last few years, the government of the UAE has made gender equality and women’s economic empowerment a top policy priority. To address deeper legal inequalities, the government requested…

Iva Hamel, Gharam Alkastalani Dexter |

From the start of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, women in leadership positions all around the world have played, and continue to play, significant roles in helping their communities get…

Ephraim Modise |

Gender considerations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of budget policies are not yet mainstreamed in most countries, though some countries have made important advances in this area…

Urška Zrinski, Tia Elise Raappana, Holy-Tiana Rame |

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, we are about a year into an unprecedented health and economic crisis that has destroyed lives and livelihoods globally and in the East Asia and…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Indonesia’s economy is changing, opening more and better opportunities for women. However, compared to countries at similar income levels, Indonesia’s women are slightly less likely to be…

Satu Kahkonen |

While established social norms could be considered as appropriate or inappropriate depending on the context, it does not mean they cannot be changed.

Ririn Purnamasari, Sheila Town |

Blog featuring female leaders across the Pacific for the World Bank Pacific’s 2021 International Women’s Day campaign.

Yasmin Poole |

Women in Bangladesh are leading in every field from the grassroots to the top, private to public, and finding their voices at the family, community, or national levels.

Mercy Tembon |