WB: 65 Countries Issued 87 Laws in 2 Years to Economically Empower Women

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WASHINGTON —AlGhad— The governments of 65 countries around the world have issued a total of 87 new laws and amendments to support the economic empowerment of women in these last two years, according to the World Bank (WB)’s report on women.

Still, women in all 189 countries included in the report face various obstacles, limiting their access to decent employment or restricting their ability to launch projects.

In 104 countries, women are not allowed to work at night, for instance, or in certain domains, like manufacturing, construction, energy and transport, notwithstanding.

Overall, these limitations make life difficult for more than 2.7 billion women around the world, according to the Women, Business and the Law 2018 report.

“We all celebrate the progress that women are making in the world and the workplace, but would it not be even better if these strides towards equality were not always propelled by dramatic moments that force changes to happen?” a WB statement on March 29 said.

Eliminating barriers for women could raise labour productivity by as much as 25 per cent in some economies, WB CEO Kristalina Georgieva said.

In 123 countries, there are no laws on sexual harassment in education, and in 59 countries, there are no laws on sexual harassment in the workplace, she added.

More so, in 18 countries, husbands can legally prevent their wives from working.

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

It scores countries across all seven indicators and, while the UK scores highly, the data reveal the full scale of the continuing challenge many women face in our quest for economic opportunity.

(The Financial Times/World Bank)