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Gender

(See also Cross-Cutting Solution Areas.) One of the five new World Bank Group Cross- Cutting Solution Areas, Gender is at the forefront of World Bank Group efforts to address inequality as a whole.

World Bank Group and Gender

Progress toward gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving the World Bank Group's twin corporate goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. Although the World Bank Group has been promoting gender equality in development since 1977, in many parts of the world, women continue to lack voice and decision-making ability and their economic opportunities remain very constrained.

Although it is true that many more girls are going to school and living longer, healthier lives than 30 or even 10 years ago, this improvement has not translated into broader gains. Too many women still lack basic freedoms and face huge inequalities in the world of work. Girls and women have far fewer assets and opportunities. They typically farm smaller plots, work in less profitable sectors, and face discriminatory laws and norms that constrain their time and choices, as well as their ability to own or inherit property or open a bank account. Many lack any say in their own homes, in their communities, or in their countries, while hundreds of millions of girls and women have experienced gender-based violence.

Progress toward gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving the World Bank Group's twin corporate goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. Public and private policies and actions can promote equality, starting early and extending over a lifetime. Leadership, innovation, and scaled-up efforts are needed. This agenda is urgent, and failure to fully take up the challenge would represent a huge missed opportunity.

The World Bank Group's strong commitments on gender have highlighted a need for better data to measure equality for women and girls. The World Bank is committed to improving data collection in key areas such as women's earnings, property ownership, and political voice.

 
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