2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development – Gender Equality Depends on Increased Access to Child Care

Yesterday, the World Bank released its 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development. It is full of really interesting information about how women’s lives have improved and where we still have work to do.

Some highlights:

— Women account for 58% of unpaid employment.

–552 million women joined the global labor force between 1980 and 2008.

— Women account for 50% of informal employment globally.

— Women are responsible for 60-80 % of all house and care work.

— Globally, over one-sixth of girls die in early childhood.

The report also includes a list of recommended policy actions. It argues that improving women’s economic opportunities should be a priority, and that this should be done by increasing access to child care and early childhood development programs.


We hope that the policy recommendations are observed and we see a greater commitment to child care and early childhood development – both around the globe and here at home.

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