Gender Data Blogs

The Gender Data Blog series is written in English and published quasi-monthly. The majority of blogs are translated into Spanish and some even into French, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Indonesian.  


Progress towards gender equality under the law is being made, but legal barriers to women’s full economic participation remain∙ Women, Business, and the Law 2021 Report Launch, February 2021

Discover which countries have implemented legislations in the past 50 years to improve equality in the workplace and ensure equal pay for women and men.   


The opportunity to build back better from COVID-19: Fostering gender parity in education and skills development for a larger workforce ∙ International Day of Education, January 2021

Explore trends in girls' education, training, and employment and how investing in education is key to narrowing gender gaps post-COVID-19.   

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Measuring and predicting gender-based violence in Indonesia amid the COVID-19 Pandemic ∙ 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV), December 2020

Learn about innovations in rephrasing GBV questions in phone surveys during COVID-19 and identifying factors that are strong predictors of GBV in Indonesia.

Mengukur dan memahami kekerasan berbasis gender di Indonesia selama pandemi COVID-19


Connecting the dots between HIV incidence, social norms, and gender-based violence ∙ World AIDS Day, December 2020

Discover where the highest HIV incidence rates are and how norms about sexual and partner violence may play a role in these high rates.


Human Capital at 2020: Progress masks persistent gender gaps ∙ Universal Children's Day, November 2020

Review data from the Human Capital Index (HCI) 2020 update measuring girls' and boys' survival, health, and education.


Investing in girls’ education in the time of COVID-19 ∙ International Day of the Girl, October 2020

Read how COVID-19, social norms, and harmful practices like child marriage are impacting girls’ education in Bangladesh.


Exploring  links between democracy and women’s economic empowerment ∙ International Day of Democracy, September 2020

Explore how the percentage of females in parliament may be related to countries’ policies on women’s rights.

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3 charts about gender equality every college student and professor should know ∙ International Youth Day, August 2020

Learn to what extent educational fields are female-dominated and compare countries and regions.


Want to Celebrate Fathers? Let’s Talk About Paternity Leave ∙ Father's Day, June 2020

Compare maternity and paternity leave policies and learn how parental leave may reduce within-household gaps between men and women.

¿Queremos conmemorar a los padres? Hablemos de la licencia de paternidad


Women entrepreneurs needed--stat! ∙ International Women's Day, March 2020

Check out this data visualization on how many businesses are owned by women globally and how this rate varies across and within regions.

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Love, marriage, and development: 4 observations ∙ Valentine's Day, February 2020

Learn about the marriage age gap between men and women across regions and countries and how the age at which you marry might be correlated with income level or having more children.

Cuatro observaciones sobre el amor, el matrimonio y el desarrollo


Why gender is an important part of migration policy: an example ∙ International Migrants Day, December 2019

These findings from an ongoing impact evaluation in Indonesia illustrate why a gender lens is useful for studying migration.

Un ejemplo de por qué el género es una parte importante de las políticas de migración


Identifying innovative solutions to deep-seated drivers of gender-based violence ∙ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 2019

Explore data on how harmful gender norms and attitudes drive gender-based violence.

Encontrar soluciones innovadoras para abordar los factores profundamente arraigados que impulsan la violencia de género  


Is there data to measure the future of our girls? ∙ International Day of the Girl, October 2019

Learn about the data gaps in measuring the progress of girls’ enrollment in schools, child marriage, and child labor.

¿Hay datos para medir el futuro de nuestras niñas?


200 million women and girls in the world today have undergone female genital mutilation ∙ September 2019

See which countries have the highest percentage of women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM).

200 millones de mujeres y niñas en el mundo han sido objeto de mutilación genital femenina


Human capital for all: are we there yet? 5 things to know about gender equality and human capital ∙ International Literacy Day, September 2019

Read how gender equality in literacy is critical to helping lift communities out of poverty.

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Girls enrolled in school are less likely to become pregnant as teenagers ∙ August 2019

Check out this data visualization about the relationship between school enrollment and adolescent fertility and how it varies across and within regions.

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Minding the Gender Gap in Training in Sub-Saharan Africa: Five Things to Know ∙ International Youth Day, August 2019

Explore girls’ access to and enrollment in technical and vocational education and training opportunities in Africa.

Prestar atención a la brecha de género en la capacitación en África al sur del Sahara: cinco cosas que hay que saber   


Can a low-cost, simple tweak in business registration deepen the financial inclusion of Sub-Saharan Africa’s female entrepreneurs? ∙ Micro-, Small and Medium-sized (SME) Enterprises Day, June 2019

These findings from a study in Malawi illustrate how informal female entrepreneurs may increase their use of financial services.

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There are fewer female than male STEM graduates in 107 of 114 economies ∙ May 2019

See which countries have the highest share of female STEM graduates.

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Little Data Book on Gender marks progress – and shows the need for more ∙ May 2019

Check out how the Little Data Book on Gender can provide an easily accessible entry point to statistics that track gender equality.

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Improving the pathway from school to STEM careers for women and girls ∙ International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 2019

Read about how and where the stark gender gap emerges for STEM education.

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Five things you did not know you could do with the Gender data Portal ∙ World Bank Data Day, February 2019

Learn how to access the data, visualize gender gaps, and explore gender data availability through the Gender Data Portal.

Cinco cosas que puede hacer en el Portal de datos sobre género


Women and migration: exploring the data ∙ International Migrants Day, December 2018

See how the share of females in international migration changes by income and region.

Mujeres y migración: un análisis de los datos


Why time use data matters for gender equality—and why it’s hard to find ∙ April 2018

Compare how men and women spend their time and learn about the challenges to collecting time use data.  

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