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Still Less Than Half: Gender Focus in Development Finance

Gender gaps in participation in the labor force, entrepreneurship, pay, share of senior management, and executive board positions–as well as access to finance, markets, and skills–have been well documented. But how far do development finance providers truly support gender equality?

Uwarugira Adele works at the call center in Kasha's office in Rwanda

A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Pandemics and Violence against Women and Children

Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, experts warned of increased violence against women and children. Existing research about pandemics and disease outbreaks unfortunately aligns with the increased violence stemming from COVID-19 and related response efforts. Understanding why this happens is critical to inform policy and program responses to mitigate adverse effects.

Secretary Pompeo and Advisor Trump Celebrate the W-GDP Initiative's One-Year Anniversary

W-GDP One Year On: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

The Trump administration’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) is just over a year old. Its anniversary presents an opportunity to take stock of progress to date and reflect on how W-GDP can be strengthened going forward.

Women working at a textile factory in Luxor, Egypt. Photo by Dominic Chavez, World Bank

How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?

Policymakers should be thinking—and worried—about how COVID-19 is expected to disproportionately affect women and girls. Gender inequality can come into even starker focus in the context of health emergencies. With COVID-19 continuing to spread, what do we see so far—and what can we expect in the future—in terms of the impacts on women and girls?

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