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Mounting criticism of World Bank’s gender strategy

29 November 2010

In October, US NGO Gender Action released a new critique of the World Bank’s gender plan for 2011 to 2013 (see Update 72, 69). It states that “while the Bank claims that gender coverage has increased since the GAP was first implemented in 2007, the [report] still fails to respond to multiple civil society criticisms, including its lack of a human rights framework, its incomprehensive approach to reproductive health and its lack of robust, transparent gender related data.” The report also criticises the Bank’s overreliance on economic empowerment as the “sole means to achieve gender equality.”