Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 27 economies in all regions and income groups enacted reforms to remove obstacles to women's economic inclusion across all areas and increased good practices in legislation since 2019, according to the World Bank's Women, Business and the Law 2021.

The greatest number of reforms introduced or amended laws affecting pay and parenthood.

Most reforms were implemented in laws affecting women's pay Bahrain, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam eliminated restrictions on women's employment in jobs previously deemed dangerous for women.

Montenegro and Saudi Arabia also eliminated all restrictions on women's employment in industrial jobs such as mining, construction, manufacturing, and the water sector, setting men and women on equal terms in choice of employment opportunities.

Costa Rica and Saudi Arabia lifted bans on women's night work. The Marshall Islands, New Zealand, and the UAE reformed their laws to introduce legislation mandating equal remuneration for both.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 15, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.