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IDA19 Second Replenishment Meeting : Special Theme - Gender and Development (English)

The WBG launched a new gender strategy for 2016-2023, building on past progress and reflecting changes both in the global landscape and in the accumulation of evidence of what works to close gaps between males and females. Closing gaps can help set countries on a sustainable path towards more diversified economies, higher levels of productivity and better prospects for the next generation. At the same time, the private sector increasingly recognizes that closing gender gaps in employment and leadership can mean better talent, more productivity, innovation, a wider customer pool and ultimately a stronger bottom line. Not only is gender equality a desirable objective, it is also achievable. Evidence shows that public policies and business practices can close gender gaps and create a better environment for tackling adverse norms and expectations about female and male roles and ending discrimination against women and girls, especially the poorest. Yet, closing gaps between males and females rapidly and significantly in IDA countries has been elusive in key areas. If the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be realized by 2030, progress needs to be swift and considerable in closing gaps between women and men. IDA19 can play a central role in helping countries achieve the targets, especially under SDG5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Closing gaps between women and men is also central to the achievement of many other SDGs, such as inclusive growth and full and productive employment under SDG8, and peace, justice and strong institutions under SDG16.


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    IDA19 Second Replenishment Meeting : Special Theme - Gender and Development

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    access to information and communication technology; Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations; access to family planning services; Environment and Natural Resources; small and medium enterprise; Fragile and Conflict Situations; gender gap in access; Reproductive and Maternal Health; Fragility, Conflict, and Violence; voice and agency; Urban and Rural Development; Primary and Secondary Education; early years of life; female labor force participation; women in decision making; access to financial service; women in emerging market; access to quality care; access to the internet; access to quality services; access to essential service; discussion of gender issues; multilateral development bank; access to job; health and nutrition; high fertility rate; adolescent health service; closing gender gap; Diversity and Inclusion; minority ethnic group; financial service provider; positive role model; access for girl; conflict and violence; total fertility rate; reproductive health service; conflict affected states; finance and markets; access to finance; source of financing; education and health; form of violence; human capital accumulation; maternal mortality ratio; discrimination against woman; gender equality agenda; portfolio of investment; violence against woman; access to mobile; access for woman; reproductive health rights; unpaid family worker; inequalities between women; death among women; primary completion rate; trade and competitiveness; opportunity for woman; labor market transition; gap in education; household survey data; provision of care; person with disability; promotion of woman; intimate partner violence; control of asset; financial literacy training; labor market outcome; water user association; bilateral development agencies; human resource policy; advancing gender equality; women in refugee; health delivery system; program of support; flexible work hour; human resource policies; gross domestic product; Health System Strengthening; Social Protection



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IDA19 Second Replenishment Meeting : Special Theme - Gender and Development (English). IDA19 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.