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The legal and institutional frameworks to foster gender equality and women’s empowerment

This section provides a snapshot of legal frameworks in some key areas that have an impact on women’s empowerment and economic participation. Before looking into specific areas in detail, figure 2 presents a summary of Myanmar’s scores on different dimensions of gender equality in 2009 and 2020 based on the World Bank’s (2020) Women, Business and the Law (WBL) index. Myanmar scored 58.8 out of 100 on the WBL summary index in 2020, showing only a slight improvement since 2009 that resulted from some advancements in the legal setting regarding women’s work after having children.

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