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    Leaders and citizens: Women’s political participation in India

    Women’s political participation has emerged as a key element of the discourse around the upcoming state elections in India. In this post, Nalini Gulati and Ella Spencer explore the evidence on various aspects of women’s political engagement in the country – representation in government, women as political leaders, and women as active citizens. According to the WEF...

    31 Mar 2021 | Nalini Gulati, Ella Spencer

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    Building back better: Fostering gender equality in Bangladeshi readymade garment industry

    Post-COVID-19 recovery in one of Bangladesh’s largest industries could lead to increased inclusivity thanks to external market pressures.  Editor's note: This blog is part of our International Women's Day campaign and contains findings from this IGC project. In Bangladesh, inclusive and resilient employment generation has received considerable policy focus as a...

    30 Mar 2021 | Farria Naeem

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    Women's employment during the pandemic in Ghana: A tale of vulnerability and resilience

    Women have traditionally been more vulnerable in the labour market, more underrepresented and the nature of their employment less secure. While the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it hit women's employment the hardest, they were also the more resilient and rebounded much faster than men. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s...

    29 Mar 2021 | James Dzansi, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Henry Telli

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    Barriers faced by women in labour market participation: Evidence from Pakistan

    Data from a job-matching service in Pakistan reveals differences in how men and women search for jobs, and lends insight into the barriers women face in labour market participation. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day campaign and is based on this IGC project. At 22%, Pakistan has one of the lowest female labour force participation...

    23 Mar 2021 | Sarah Xu, Vaishali Jain , Harmalah Khan , Katherine Vyborny

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    The pandemic’s gendered impact on livelihoods and wellbeing: Evidence from India

    A survey of over 700 households from India’s National Capital Region finds that women report bearing a greater burden of pandemic-induced mental stress relative to men, with potentially lasting effects on their well-being and productivity. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day campaign and is based on this IGC project. In the...

    22 Mar 2021 | Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, Sanchari Roy

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    Matter of mobility: Barriers to women’s work and education, and the dangers at home

    As countries across the world implemented lockdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, both women and men have been largely confined to their homes but with differential impacts. In this post, Nikita Sharma discusses the pre-pandemic restrictions on the mobility of women in India – on account of social norms and safety concerns – as well as the dangers they face at...

    16 Mar 2021 | Nikita Sharma

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    Has COVID-19 exacerbated gender inequalities in Pakistan?

    Women in the developing world face an array of vulnerabilities and are at a relative disadvantage when compared to men. In Pakistan for example, they are less likely to receive vital information on health safety, have lower levels of education, and are less likely to own a mobile phone or have internet access. In the context of a pandemic like COVID-19, these disparities...

    10 Mar 2021 | Hina Shaikh

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    How is COVID-19 affecting gender inequality in low-income countries? Insights from Sierra Leone

    Gender disparities in social and economic outcomes, already larger in the developing world than in the rich countries, have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Policy action is vital to address the compounding of existing inequalities and to protect the most vulnerable women. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day series. COVID-19 has...

    8 Mar 2021 | Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Maarten Voors

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    The gendered impacts of COVID-19 in Mozambique: Challenges and way forward

    Despite reducing gender inequalities over the past two decades, COVID-19 threatens to erode Mozambique’s gains as the pandemic’s social and economic consequences disproportionately impact women and girls. To prevent backsliding and continue progress towards gender equality, Mozambique needs greater investments in access to basic services, enhanced social protection...

    4 Mar 2021 | Egas Daniel

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    Energy and empowerment in Lebanon: Impact of reliable energy supply in changing women’s lives

    The effects of poor-quality energy supply are not gender neutral, and fall more heavily on women. New research from Lebanon explores how sustained energy access enhances women’s day-to-day lives and better protects female-headed households. While access to sustainable energy is a necessary development goal for all countries, the co-benefits brought to gender equity should...

    3 Mar 2021 | Ali Ahmad