That the World Bank has devoted its 2012 flagship publication to the topic of gender equality is a welcome opportunity for widening the intellectual space. However, it is also a missed opportunity. By failing to engage seriously with the gender biases of macroeconomic policy agendas that define contemporary globalisation, the report is unable to provide a credible and even-handed analysis of the challenges that confront gender equality in the 21st century.
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(This article was originally published by United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).)