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World Bank: Women, Business and the Law 2016

DIFRET screened as part of the launch event for the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2016 report.┬áThe report, which examines laws that impede women’s employment and entrepreneurship, found that legal barriers to the economic advancement of women are widespread, shutting them out of certain jobs, limiting their access to credit, and leaving them unprotected against violence in many economies around the world.

This year, for the first time ever, the report also covered the issue of child marriage and found some interesting facts. For example, did you know that Kenya now imposes criminal penalties for underage marriage? In addition, in the past 2 years, Kenya, Malawi, and Zimbabwe established legal marriage age as 18 for boys and girls. To read the full report, click here.