Women, Business and the Law: Safeguarding Women’s Economic Opportunity in Times of Crisis

No economy can grow to its full potential unless both women and men participate fully. As half the world’s population, women have an equal role in driving economic growth. Yet despite recent progress, women around the globe continue to face laws and regulations that restrict their economic opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges to their health, safety, and economic security. 

The World Bank has stepped up its support to countries as they tackle the unprecedented threats posed by the COVID-19 crisis and is paying special attention to the pandemic's different impact on men and women. By using the findings of the new Women, Business and the Law 2021 study, this event will discuss what can be done to improve women’s economic opportunities and empower them in the world of work and at home, especially in the context of the global pandemic.

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Speakers

Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

Vice President and World Bank Group Chief Economist

Vice President and World Bank Group Chief Economist

Saskia Walden, Minister of Economic Affairs, Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation, Suriname

Minister of Economic Affairs, Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation, Suriname

Selima Ahmad - Member of Parliament of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, President and Founder of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bangladesh

Member of Parliament of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, President and Founder of the Women’s...

Director of Operations, BRAC International

Director of Operations, BRAC International

Tea Trumbic, Program Manager, World Bank Group

Women, Business and the Law project Program Manager, World Bank

Moderator

Amanda Ellis, Director of Global Partnerships, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

Arizona State University

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