It might surprise you that women still have to protest domestic violence in 2020. But did you know that it’s been just 40 years since the first law on domestic violence was passed?

Isabel Santagostino, Nisha Arekapudi |

Women in every part of the world are paid less than men solely because of their gender. Recent estimates indicate that globally, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. One of the…

Katrin Schulz, Nour Chamseddine |

In 2016, there were 131 countries with legislation on sexual harassment in employment. Today, a little more than two years after the #MeToo hashtag took hold, there are 140. Over the last two…

Nisha Arekapudi, Isabel Santagostino |

While some women are outrunning men, others face legal restrictions on their basic freedom of movement. According to the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2020, almost one third of…

Julia Braunmiller, Marina Elefante |

Legal gender equality is improving. The Women Business and the Law 2020 report says that 40 economies made 62 legal reforms over the past two years and all regions advanced. However, in many…

Tea Trumbic, Rita Ramalho |

Credit: Arne Hoel From my corner of the World Bank, the development objective of promoting gender equality can seem vague or unrelated to what we do. We can give three cheers for our colleagues…

Christine Shepherd |

Walk into Zahra Youssouf Kayad’s office and you’ll see colorful local artwork on the walls. One picture depicts a woman making straw brooms. “Whenever I go to other parts of the country, I ask to…

Roger Fillion |

In recent years, a spate of articles came out proclaiming the benefits of paternity leave. One article by the New York Times cited a study in Sweden that stated that mother’s future earnings…

Asif Islam, Mohammad Amin, Alena Sakhonchik |

©IFPRI/Milo Mitchell Investment in infrastructure services in emerging economies is key to tackling extreme poverty and enhancing shared prosperity. Achieving gender equality is equally important…

Susanne Foerster, Victoria Rigby Delmon |

Also available in: Español “As a young woman, I feel powerless and exposed when a man harasses me in the bus.  One feels more vulnerable because people don’t react to the situation. No one helps……

Karla Dominguez Gonzalez, Bianca Bianchi Alves |