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The Double X Economy


Just starting or taking the next steps in your women’s economic empowerment work? Explore the links here for resources to support your efforts. The focus is on global studies, research and materials from a range of organisations and is not intended as an exhaustive list, but lists recent areas of work that have informed the Double X Economy concept.

  • Global Gender Gap Index, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. The index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparison across regions and income groups and over time. Starting in 2018, the GGG indexes will be reported every two years.

    See Global Gender Gap Indexes for:
    2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

  • GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) Global Women’s Report offers an in-depth view of women who start and run businesses around the world. This report compares women entrepreneurs and assesses gender differences across regions with geographic and economic development similarities, and individual economies. 

    See GEM Global Women's Reports for:

    2018/19, 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014, 2013, 2012

  • Women, Business and the Law Report series, published by the World Bank,  measure how laws, regulations and institutions differentiate between women and men in ways that may affect women’s incentives or capacity to work or to set up and run a business, covering six areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit and going to court.

    See Women, Business, and the Law Reports for:
    2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010

  • Women’s  Economic Empowerment: A Roadmap, by United Nations Foundation and ExxonMobil identifies interventions that are proven, promising or have a high potential to increase productivity and earnings for different groups of women in diverse country contexts. Full report

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