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 |

One of the most pervasive forms of gender discrimination is the unequal treatment of women and men by the law. The new Women Business and the Law report provides a newly expanded database that…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

On December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recognize the one billion people worldwide—15% of the world population—who experience some form of disability.

Haishan Fu, Louise Cord, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

Securing women’s land rights around the world requires not just good laws but good implementation. A number of organizations have come together to launch the Stand for Her Land advocacy campaign…

Victoria Stanley, Nayda L. Almodóvar-Reteguis |

Women’s property rights are essential for women’s empowerment. Equal access to property ownership and inheritance is associated with greater female labor force participation...

Nayda L. Almodóvar-Reteguis |