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Compendia of International and National Legal Frameworks

September 03, 2020

Law and legal frameworks are a foundation to ensuring that solid institutions and policies are built to help countries tackle their most pressing development challenges. These in turn help alter norms and behaviors that favor progressive development outcomes, benefitting women and men equally across all fields and improving societies at large. But many challenges remain across countries, with issues such as child marriage, female genital mutilation, and domestic violence remaining prevalent as various forms of gender-based violence. How can countries improve their laws and policies to addressing these forms of GBV? What exists and remains to be done across countries in order to improve the legal frameworks that would tackle these issues?

Spearheaded by the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency, the compendia of international and national legal frameworks are a set of practical tools that not only inform about existing laws, but also provide a baseline to help countries identify opportunities to intensify their fight across these areas of focus.