Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal

(CC) World BankThe World Bank has just published the report “Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal”.

The study 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 in seven areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, going to court, building credit and protecting women from violence.

The report finds that women face jobs restrictions in 100 of the 173 economies monitored. For example, women are barred for working in certain factory jobs in 41 economies; in 29 economies they are prohibited from working at night; and in 18 economies they cannot get a job without permission from their husband.

The full “Getting to Equal” report and accompanying datasets are available at http://wbl.worldbank.org