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Unleashing the Economic Power of Women

Governments increasingly recognize that economies can reach their full potential only with the full participation of both women and men. To help countries achieve this goal, the World Bank Group is focusing on four key areas in particular.

WASHINGTON, DC – Girls are attending school in greater numbers than ever before, and women are increasingly entering the labor force and leading businesses. Although we should celebrate this progress, much work remains in order for a girl born today to have the same opportunities as a boy.

Research from the World Bank and others shows that unleashing the economic power of women can contribute to global growth. Moreover, it is the right thing to do. Fortunately, more countries recognize that economies can reach their full potential only with the full participation of both women and men.

The World Bank Group is supporting countries in achieving this goal in important areas, including the removal of discriminatory laws, investment to close gender gaps, broadening access to finance, and stepping up efforts to prevent gender-based violence.

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