Improving Women’s Lives: World Bank Actions Since Beijing
The World Bank has addressed gender issues since the 1970s, but the Bank’s emphasis in this area increased following the 1995 Beijing Conference. Today, gender equality is explicitly recognized as essential to achieving the World Bank’s poverty reduction mission. This report is the World Bank’s contribution to the 49th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which will review the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and Declaration and the outcome document of the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly (Beijing + 5). The report describes the role of the World Bank as a partner in international efforts to promote gender equality and empower women. The World Bank’s own strategy is to mainstream gender issues into its work. This report links the World Bank’s work directly to the Beijing Platform for Action by illustrating how, by assisting countries’ own efforts to advance gender equality and improve women’s and girls’ lives, the World Bank supports the goals outlined in the Platform for Action and helps countries secure a better economic future.