Gender

We recognise that equality of opportunity for women and men is a fundamental aspect of a modern, well-functioning market economy. Through our investments and other activities we are committed to addressing gender inequality in countries where the EBRD works.

The Strategic Gender Initiative sets out how the Bank promotes women’s socio-economic empowerment, equality of opportunity and participation in the labour market. We work with clients on tailor-made solutions that promote gender equality in the workplace, in customer service, in access to finance and in the design and delivery of infrastructure, promoting economic opportunities for both women and men.

Key facts about our work in this area

12 investments signed with a gender component

Women in Business programmes launched in Egypt, Turkey and the Western Balkans

 

Policy dialogue to promote gender equality

Our work benefits from donor support

A US$ 60 million project will provide work-based training for young women

  • Gender
    Women in business

    RegionalSUPPORTING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

    We have launched an innovative Women in Business programme that brings together financing and advisory services to help women manage and grow their own small and medium-sized enterprises.

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    Equal Opportunity

    BELARUSBUILDING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

    In 2011 we started an equal opportunities project with Alivaria Brewery in Belarus. The project identified what the company could do to provide equal opportunities and improve their human resources practices.

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    EgyptHELPING YOUNG JOB SEEKERS

    Through an investment in a retail and entertainment centre in Cairo, we are helping to address the skills gap among young Egyptian job seekers while boosting retail infrastructure.

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    Empowering Women

    REGIONALEmpowering Women

    In 2014 we commissioned a report examining the influence of legal pluralism and social norms in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. The report will recommend project interventions that support women’s participation in social and economic life.

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    Safe drinking water

    MOROCCOACCESSING SAFE WATER

    Women and girls in rural villages will benefit most from a water supply programme supported by the EBRD. Thanks to this project, nearly half a million people in Morocco will enjoy improved access to safe drinking water.

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