COVID-19 and women-led businesses: More innovation but greater financial risk

Over a year into the pandemic, we have witnessed how a sweeping infectious disease and lockdown measures quickly deepened inequalities, hindering the progress that many have fought for years to achieve. One of the most striking examples is the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced gender inequalities around the world

 
COVID-19 has seriously impacted the global progress towards gender equality, with women around the world continuing to face laws and restrictions that hinder their economic opportunity, according to the latest Women, Business and the Law 2021. Reforming laws toward gender equality must be a priority as governments look to recover from COVID-19.
 
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Investing in women and girls: How governments can drive inclusive recovery

Before COVID-19, many countries were making significant gains in human capital, improving dole_graduation_pilot_philippineshealth and education outcomes for girls and boys and empowering women to reach their potential. Between 2010 and March 2020, the World Bank’s Human Capital Index 2020 Update found an average increase of five percent in the human capital index across countries.

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The triple G of clean cooking: Green, gender, and good health

As many of us stay at home and continue to work there during the COVID-19 pandemic, wecleancooking_leader are spending a lot more time in our kitchens than ever before. For some of us, this is about cooking in the comfort of a modern cooking environment.

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eC2:  DGM and REDD+ GENDER STUDY

Deadline: 08-Oct-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)rw_gender_ag_blog

The objective of this contract is to gather evidence on how DGM projects provided meaningful benefits to women in the key gender (in)equality domains of economic opportunities, access to and control over productive assets, voice, and agency. The contract will also collect evidence on how DGM empowered women during the intervention process. A selected firm is expected to conduct a study and produce a report which will be based on the research findings, as described below.

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eC2:  Opportunities to promote gender considerations and empowerment in low-carbon value chains.

Deadline:  01-Oct-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The objectives of the assignment are to:

i. Review women’s role in forest-related livelihoods and economic activities, women’s access to low carbon value chains and constraints to and opportunities around such access including good practices in selected Emission Reductions Program countries.
ii. Recommend specific measures to mitigate risks and empower women to be engaged in low carbon livelihood value chains.
iii. Develop 4 detailed feasibility studies for piloting low-carbon women dominated value chains.

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Productivity growth threatened by COVID-19 disruptions

Productivity growth, a force that has contributed to lifting millions of people out of poverty in developing countries, will need substantial support from policymakers if it is to withstand the severe challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic shock. More in our latest study.

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How Can We Increase Women’s Participation in Infrastructure Projects?

On construction sites, it is more common to see men working than women. With the aim Clara1of improving the gender balance in construction, the World Bank is implementing gender strategies in urban transport projects in Colombia. These have  led to the increased participation of women in infrastructure projects.

Gender discrimination not only has a negative impact on women’s income; it also impedes companies and society from making use of the special skills that women contribute to the economy. The implementation of a gender equality strategy in the Bucaramanga Integrated Mass Transport System– Metrolínea – revealed the advantages of including women in this type of project and provided lessons that could be shared with other systems, sectors and projects.

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eC2: Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines for Regional Marine Plastic Management

Deadline: 04-Jun-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) financial-inclusion-gender

The World Bank has received financial support from the PROBLUE Multi Donor Trust Fund and intends to use part of the proceeds to integrate gender dimensions into regional government efforts to address plastic production, consumption, and waste management and to mitigate the impact of plastic on marine ecosystems.

The World Bank seeks to contract an experienced consulting firm to conduct a literature review on key gender aspects of marine plastic management within the six participating countries, and to develop practical gender-responsive guidelines that each participating country can integrate in their national marine plastic management strategies and action plans.

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Unleashing the economic power of women

By David Malpass, President World Bank Group
March 3, 2020

Girls are attending school in greater numbers than ever before, and women are girls-education-women-empowermentincreasingly 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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