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Women, Business and the Law: Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies - IFC/World Bank

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Thursday, October 27, 2011
Summer 2011

Women, Business and the Law objectively highlights differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 economies around the world, covering six areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit and going to court. Women, Business and the Law describes regional trends and shows how economies are changing across these six areas, tracking governments’ actions to expand economic opportunities for women.


The empirical evidence suggests that, slowly but surely, governments are making progress in expanding opportunities for
women. From June 2009 to March 2011, Women, Business and the Law recorded 46 legal and regulatory changes occurring
in 39 economies that affected the indicators. Without doubt, 41 of these changes were aimed at achieving greater gender
parity and reducing legal differentiation between men and women, with Kenya leading the way with the highest number
of changes in this positive direction.

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