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Empowering parliaments to empower women - Making the economy work for women

Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women | UN Headquarters | New York, NY


Monitoring legal frameworks that address non-discrimination on the basis of sex

UN Women, World Bank Group, and OECD Development Centre | UN Headquarters | New York, NY


Round Table: Piloting Global Land and Property Indices 

Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2017

The World Bank | Washington, DC


136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union 

Inter-Parliamentary Union | Dhaka, Bangladesh

March 9, 2017


March 8, 2017

International Women's Day 2017 

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) | Washington, DC


March 8, 2016

Global Perspective: Women's Economic Empowerment and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

UN Women and European Parliament | Brussels, Belgium


January 16, 2017

Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030 - Global Partnership for Women and Legislative Reform 

UN Women, the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now | New York, NY


January 16, 2017

Bringing Down Legal Barriers to Women's Economic Empowerment: an Economic and Business Imperative

UN Global Compact, the International Trade Center, UN Women | Geneva, Switzerland


December 13, 2016

Women, Business and the Law Panel and Reception

United States Capitol | Washington, DC


November 29, 2016

Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Motherhood in the Americas

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Organization of American States (OAS) | Washington, DC


November 22-23, 2016



November 10-11, 2016

High-level Regional Workshop in Burkina Faso 

Hotel Laico | Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Women, Business and the Law organized a two-day high-level regional workshop bringing together Ministers of Gender and policy makers from eleven West and Central African countries.


October 24, 2016


September 8, 2016



September 4, 2016

African Bar Association Rebirth Conference 2016

African Bar Association | Harare, Zimbabwe


July 21, 2016

Panel on the Impact of Land Rights on Gender Equality

Women's Bar Association | Washington, DC



June 23, 2016

Gender, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, and Identification

Center for Global Development | Washington, DC


May 17, 2016

CSO workshop in Togo with Groupe de réflexion et d’action Femme, Démocratie et Développement (GF2D)

Lomé, Togo


May 11, 2016

Equal before the Law? Women in Business and Society  

Americas Society Council of the Americas | Miami, FL

Nayda L. Almodóvar-Reteguis, Private Sector Development Specialist with the Women, Business and the Law team, presenting the findings of the 2016 report.


May 5, 2016


May 3, 2016

Presentation of Women, Business and the Law

Asian Development Bank | Manila, Philippines


April 28, 2016

Bridging the Gap: Commitments and Actions for Women’s Financial Inclusion

Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


April 14, 2016

Presentation of Women, Business and the Law

Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS | St. Petersburg

Read a blog on the event here.


April 14, 2016

Paid Leave Leapfrogging

New America | Washington, DC

The World Bank Group's Women, Business and the Law and New America's Better Life Lab held an event to discuss how nearly every advanced economy has successfully passed and implemented policies related to paid leave and flex time so that other countries can use those lessons to avoid previous pitfalls in designing their own paid leave infrastructure.

Watch a recording of the event here


March 30, 2016

Webinar on Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal

Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group, presented the findings of Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal.

Watch the recording of the webinar here


March 21, 2016

WBL Egypt Launch with President of the National Council for Women

National Council for Women | Cairo, Egypt


March 16, 2016

Employees, Employers and Economies Agree - Childcare Now on the Agenda

Women's Empowerment Principles Annual Event | New York City   

Access to childcare brings positive results to employees, employers and economies as it can foster workplace gender diversity; improve productivity; and decrease absenteeism and turnover. This discussion highlighted the business case, innovative models for supporting childcare services, lessons from employers, and employees, and findings that can provide stepping stones to replication and expansion.


December 9, 2015

Presentation and Panel Discussion on Women, Business and the Law

Wilson Center's Global Women's Leadership Initiative | Washington, DC

Speakers from the Wilson Center, World Bank Group, USAID, and McKinsey & Company discussed how to reach legal gender equality and how such advancements will impact women in business and in the home.

 

Watch the recording of the event here.


October 23, 2015

Legal Barriers to Economic Participation 

Center on Foreign Relations | New York City

This roundtable discussion “Legal Barriers to Economic Participation” with Sarah Iqbal, director of the World Bank Group’s Women, Business, and the Law project, highlights findings from the World Bank’s fourth edition of the global Women, Business and the Law report series.

Listen to the audio recording of the event here.


October 23, 2015

Women, Business and Human Rights

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights | Washington, DC

Augusto Lopez-Claros presented the findings of Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal.


September 29, 2015

SID Beijing +20 Discussion Series- Women in the Economy

Nathan Associates | Rosslyn, VA

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Gender and Inclusive Development (GID) workgroup with the Society for International Development (SID) has been conducting monthly events for each of the points of concern in the original Platform for Action. The discussion series thus far has included seven panel discussions focused on how far we’ve come and how much more we need to do.


September 17, 2015

Does Changing Laws Make a Difference to Outcomes for Women and Girls? 

Center for Global Development | Washington, DC

The last few years have seen some significant progress in legal reform worldwide affecting women and girls, from compulsory free primary education and land titling reform to increased legal age of marriage and the introduction of gender violence laws. This year’s edition of the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law report tracks some of those changes but also asks ‘does changing laws make a difference to actual outcomes?’ That is the subject of ongoing research at the Center for Global Development covering early marriage, FGM and titling. This event will bring together the Women, Business and the Law team and CGD researchers to discuss the impact of legal reform – what we know and what it suggests for policymakers trying to improve outcomes for women and girls.

Watch a recording of the event here.

September 16, 2015

Presentation of Women, Business and the Law at LexisNexis Global Cares Day

LexisNexis | New York City 

As a part of Global Cares Day, Mike Walsh, CEO of LexisNexis Legal & Professional, welcomed Sarah Iqbal from the World Bank Group to present findings from Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal. This new report contains data from 173 economies with the goal of informing further research, discussion and policy reform to improve women’s legal rights, economic opportunities and well-being around the world.


September 16, 2015

Presentation of Women, Business and the Law  

Women’s Foreign Policy Group | Washington, DC

On September 16, 2015, Tazeen Hasan, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist for the World Bank’s Women, Business, and the Law project, spoke to the WFPG about the World Bank’s 2016 report, which is released every two years. The report provides data on legal barriers for women in 173 economies. Hasan discussed women’s abilities to start businesses and pursue trades and professions, access to parental leave, how they are impacted by gender-based violence, as well as other factors affecting women’s legal rights around the world. Hasan emphasized that overall 90% of economies still have at least one legal obstacle that impedes women’s economic opportunities.

 


September 15, 2015

Presentation of Women, Business and the Law

Americas Society / Council of the Americas | New York City

Sarah Iqbal, manager of the Women, Business and the Law project, presented the 2016 report at a breakfast discussion with the Americas Society and Council of the Americas.

 

Listen to Sarah Iqbal discuss the report on the LatAm Minute podcast here


Women, Business and the Law Report Launch

September 9, 2015

World Bank Group, Washington, DC

This year's report theme is: Getting to Equal. It will focus on what it will take to get to equal on gender equality within the legal environment, and whether legal gender equality leads to different outcomes for women. It will make the case for the importance of examining non-traditional areas such as family law, the care economy, and violence against women. The upcoming report will include expanded country coverage, address advancements and setbacks that directly impact women in business globally, and the importance of using a gender lens when examining entrepreneurship, employment, and growth. The hope is that the data and report will be utilized globally to advocate women's economic opportunities. Watch launch event here.

High-level Regional Workshop in Burkina Faso

Hotel Laico | Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

November 10-11, 2016

Women, Business and the Law organized a two-day high-level regional workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on November 10-11, 2016 in collaboration with the World Bank Group country office and the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Other partners included the World Bank Group Africa Gender Innovation Lab and the OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index. The workshop was supported by Madame Sika Kaboré, the First Lady of Burkina Faso and the Ministry of Women, National Solidarity and Family.

The workshop brought together Ministers of Gender and policy makers from eleven West and Central African countries, as well as representatives from civil society and the private sector, to discuss the importance and impact of laws and regulations constraining women's entrepreneurship and employment around the world and in Sub-Saharan Africa in particular. The workshop was developed as part of the Women, Business and the Law’s regional initiative of fostering discussions and the exchange of knowledge on constraints to women’s entrepreneurship and employment and the impact of laws and regulations on women's economic empowerment.

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Agenda of the event

Presentations: Women, Business and the Law | Africa Gender Innovation Lab | OECD Development Center

Watch the Africa 24 Video covering the event here

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