The IDB is committed to fostering gender equality, because reversing in women and girls brings great benefits to the development process. This commitment begins in 1987 when the IDB approves the Operational Policy on Women in Development (OP-761), which recognizes the advances of women as a priority within the objectives of development. Equally careful with the Gender and Diversity Sectoral Framework Document that guides the Bank's work on policies to increase gender equality and support the development of indigenous and Afro-descendant identities. The most relevant policy challenges to support gender equality are:

• Increase access and improve the quality of public services for women, children and children.
• Expand the economic opportunities of women.
• Broaden the voice of women.

To fulfill this mandate, the Bank is responsible for the Gender Action Plan for Operations 2017-2019 with 2 types of actions:
• Proactive actions that promote gender equality and empower women in all Bank interventions.
• Preventive actions introducing safeguards mitigating negative impacts on men and women derived from Bank operations.

How proactive actions are the goals:
• Increase access to high quality public services including gender differentiated needs
• Broadening economic opportunities by increasing the participation of women in working life and access to better jobs.
• Broaden voice, leadership, make women's decisions and prevent gender violence