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Getting to Equal: Promoting Gender Equality through Human Development

Getting To Equal
Promoting Gender Equality Through Human Development
  • Gender inequality undermines human productivity and welfare, as well as development and growth overall.
  • To achieve gender equality, it is essential to invest in human development.
  • The World Bank Group is helping close gender gaps in education, health, social safety nets, and the job market.



Published: September 2011


This note is designed as a companion to The World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development (WDR 2012) and highlights some of the World Bank Group’s recent experience with and impact on promoting gender equality through its work in human development.

A central theme running through the WDR 2012 is how investments and outcomes in human development—namely health, education, social protection, and labor—shape, and are shaped by, gender equality.

The World Bank is helping eliminate persistent gender barriers to accessing quality social services, entering the job market, and building resilience to shocks and volatility. Our work includes expanding access to family planning and reproductive health services, promoting gender parity in education, providing social safety nets and insurance, and helping people acquire the resources and skills to secure decent jobs and provide for their families.

Getting to equal is a smart investment. By closing gender gaps in human development, the Bank is helping developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), enhance productivity and growth, and promote the well-being of all their people.

This publication is a product of the World Bank’s Human Development Network, which generates evidence and policies to deepen the impact of the Bank’s work in education, health, social protection, labor and other human development priorities.

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