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Women, Business and the Law is a World Bank Group project that collects data on gender inequality in the law. The dataset diagnoses legal barriers limiting women's full economic participation and encourages policymakers to reform discriminatory laws and regulations. Read more »

  • New Report

    WBL 2016

    Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal

    Getting to Equal measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies. It provides quantitative measures of laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities.
    Download Report (PDF, 3MB) | Getting to Equal  Video
    Key Findings (PDF, 1.6MB) | Key Findings in Other Languages
    Note: Since the launch of the Women Business and the Law 2016 report, data has been collected in additional economies. The website features data of 189 economies worldwide.
  • New Topic Note

    Closing the Gap—Improving Laws Protecting Women from Violence

    This topic note illuminates where gaps in legislation on violence against women remain across 173 economies worldwide. It highlights best practices as well as challenges to implementation throughout the globe and serves as a tool for identifying where there is room for legal reform.

    Download Topic Note: English (PDF, 6MB) l Portuguese (PDF, 5MB) l French (PDF, 6MB)

  • Women, Business and the Law held a High-level Regional Workshop in Burkina Faso on November 10-11, 2016.  See event details »

  • Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal launch event in London on November 2, 2015

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  • Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal was launched on September 9, 2015 at event held in Washington, DC.

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