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Women have only 76% of the rights of men in the world

(Bloomberg) – The World Bank has warned that the pandemic is reinforcing gender inequality in many countries, with women holding on average about three-quarters of men’s legal rights, a situation that could undermine global development. COVID-19 has exacerbated women’s challenges in employment and education, the bank said in its annual Women, Business and the Law report. While legislation in some countries has improved, women in some countries still face legal limits on their economic opportunities, including restrictions on traveling without a male guardian, as well as handicaps in parenting and retirement, the bank said. The pandemic also contributed to an increase in the severity and frequency of gender-based violence, according to the report. Countries should take steps to improve paid parental leave, government benefits and a ban on firing pregnant women, among other measures, the World Bank said. In 100 economies, there are no laws that require men and women to receive equal pay at work. “Women must be fully included in economies to achieve better development results,” said World Bank President David Malpass. “Women must have the same access to finance and the same rights to inheritance as men and must be at the center of our efforts towards an inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19.” The average score on the global index of the World Bank in the report is 76.1 for a period of just over a year to September 2020, up from 75.5 the previous year. The index is based on measures of payment, marriage, mobility and other factors, and a score of 100 means that women and men have the same rights, something that has only been achieved in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal and Sweden. Of the 39 economies with scores above 90, 28 are high-income countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and seven are in Europe and Central Asia. The others are in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, and sub-Saharan Africa. The economies of the Middle East and North Africa have the lowest average score at 51.5. High-income countries scored better on average than low-income countries.Original Note: Women on Average Have Just 76% of Men’s Legal Rights WorldwideFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source. © 2021 Bloomberg LP

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