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In South Asia, only 1 in 4 women are in the workforce, compared to 3 out of 4 men. Millions of women are not getting the chance to realize their potential—to work, earn an income, and contribute to their families, communities and economy. Even when they work, women often earn less than men and hold jobs without benefits and protections.

We call on all stakeholders to #ClearHerPath so that more women can thrive in the workforce.

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More women in the workforce will drive prosperity in South Asia

World Bank Vice Presidents Mamtha Murthi and Martin Raiser discuss the progress South Asia has made to boost female labor force participation, and what the region must do more of to #clearherpath for more women to work.

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Talking Development: Kasturi Wilson

World Bank Managing Director Anna Bjerde talks to Kasturi Wilson, first woman CEO of Hemas Holdings PLC in Sri Lanka, about how closing the gender gap can contribute to economic growth.

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Report: Reshaping Social Norms About Gender

To reshape its economy, South Asia must take action to challenge existing gender norms and give women more economic opportunities.

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Engendering Access to STEM Education and Careers in South Asia

Investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can accelerate development in South Asia—especially if they foster opportunities for women.


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