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The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development finds that women's lives around the world have improved dramatically, but gaps remain in many areas. The authors use a conceptual framework to examine progress to date, and then recommend policy actions.

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Data

Nearly 4m poor women go “missing”each year in developing countries (Ch 2)

Women account for 58% of unpaid employment (Ch 5)

552m women joined the global labor force between 1980 and 2008 (Ch 5)

About 2/5 of girls are never born due to a preference for sons (Ch 3)

Globally, a sixth of girls die in early childhood (Ch 3)

Globally, over a third of women die in their reproductive years (Ch 3)

Girls now outnumber boys in secondary schools in 45 developing countries (Ch 3)

Globally 4 out of every 10 workers is a woman (Ch 5)

Women account for 50% of informal employment globally (Ch 5)

Globally, only 10 to 20 of every 100 land owners is a woman (Ch 5)

Women are responsible for 60 to 80% of all house and care work (Ch 5)

A 3% domestic abuse incidence rate in Poland translates to 1,465 abuses each day (Ch 4)

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Qualitative Assessments

A woman must be educated and work in order to prove herself in society and be a better mother.

Young woman in Rafah City,
West Bank and Gaza

Women should also look for a job because men are failing to get jobs. It is easier for women because they have more options.

Young man in rural Ngonyameni,
South Africa

Let our daughters go to school and get good jobs. The moment they will be independent from men in thinking and earning, they will have very good lives.

Adult woman, Tanzania

Child marriages have stopped. Girls are being sent to school. Even the poorest of us are sending our daughters to school.

Adult Man, India.

We are not educated and do not know how we can change our lives to obtain power and freedom.

Adult woman, rural Afghanistan.

Men and women are not paid the same daily wages. If men get 4 USD, women get only 3 USD for doing the same work. It is not fair or just.

Adult woman, Bhutan

The financial situation in Moldova is very bad. I think women should stay at home and take care of the family.

Adult man, Moldova

In-laws decide how many children to have. If the first child is a girl, they will ask for more children until a son is born.

Young women, Urban India

The financial situation in Moldova is very bad. I think women should stay at home and take care of the family.

Adult man, Moldova

It is important to go to school because men won't take advantage of an educated woman

Young woman, urban Liberia.

Nowadays men and women are equal. But keeping with tradition, we still prefer having a son to carry on the family line.

Young man, rural Vietnam.

When you die, your property is distributed by your relatives, and does not go to your wife or daughter. If you have a son, all property goes to him.

Young woman, Afghanistan.

Women know about laws on discrimination, but the laws are violated in real life. Women are asked at job interviews whether they will marry, or fired when they become pregnant.

Adult woman, Serbia

Nowadays men and women are equal. But keeping with tradition, we still prefer having a son to carry on the family line."

Young man, rural Vietnam.

A woman must be educated and work in order to prove herself in society and be a better mother.

Young woman in Rafah City,
West Bank and Gaza

Women should also look for a job because men are failing to get jobs. It is easier for women because they have more options.

Young man in rural Ngonyameni,
South Africa

Let our daughters go to school and get good jobs. The moment they will be independent from men in thinking and earning, they will have very good lives.

Adult woman, Tanzania

Child marriages have stopped. Girls are being sent to school. Even the poorest of us are sending our daughters to school.

Adult Man, India.

We are not educated and do not know how we can change our lives to obtain power and freedom.

Adult woman, rural Afghanistan.

Men and women are not paid the same daily wages. If men get 4 USD, women get only 3 USD for doing the same work. It is not fair or just.

Adult woman, Bhutan

The financial situation in Moldova is very bad. I think women should stay at home and take care of the family.

Adult man, Moldova

In-laws decide how many children to have. If the first child is a girl, they will ask for more children until a son is born.

Young women, Urban India

The financial situation in Moldova is very bad. I think women should stay at home and take care of the family.

Adult man, Moldova

It is important to go to school because men won't take advantage of an educated woman

Young woman, urban Liberia.

Nowadays men and women are equal. But keeping with tradition, we still prefer having a son to carry on the family line.

Young man, rural Vietnam.

When you die, your property is distributed by your relatives, and does not go to your wife or daughter. If you have a son, all property goes to him.

Young woman, Afghanistan.

Women know about laws on discrimination, but the laws are violated in real life. Women are asked at job interviews whether they will marry, or fired when they become pregnant.

Adult woman, Serbia

Nowadays men and women are equal. But keeping with tradition, we still prefer having a son to carry on the family line.

Young man, rural Vietnam.

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Views on Gender From Across the World

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Video

WDR Co-Director Ana Revenga on “Why does Gender Equality Matter?”

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