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Let her Grow: Promoting women’s economic empowerment in rural areas and their engagement in higher value activities

This session will present the results from three UFGE-supported programs aiming to promote women’s economic empowerment in rural areas. First, it will illustrate an intervention undertaken to enhance women's economic outcomes in the wild-harvest sector in Armenia, by improving women’s entrepreneurial skills and supporting their engagement in the value-chain. Second, it will share results from a new intervention in Uganda which encouraged husbands to transfer out grower contracts to their wife’s name or to register sugarcane blocks in their wife's name. Finally, it will present results from a study conducted in Côte d’Ivoire to increase the efficiency of household farm production by including women in economic planning. The session will underline the importance of engaging men to empower women and improve their wellbeing.

This event is part of the World Bank Group’s yearlong Gender Equality and Development +10: Accelerate Equality initiative, which explores the important progress made and lessons learnt over the last 10 years in promoting girl’s & women’s empowerment, women’s leadership, drive for a transformative change toward gender equality, shifting power relations between women and men, and engaging women as agents of change for green, resilient and inclusive development (and for social cohesion, peace & stability in FCV settings). It will also take stock of remaining challenges, while strengthening partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders in the quest to #AccelerateEquality. 

About the Presenters

Lea Marie Rouanet

Léa is an Economist working at the World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab, where she leads the agriculture thematic area. Her current research identifies and addresses gender-based constraints to economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on agriculture, youth employment, socio-emotional skills, gender-based violence and adolescent girls programming. She is currently involved in several impact evaluations on these topics across Africa. Before joining the World Bank, she was a PhD candidate and Research Fellow at the Paris School of Economics, where her research focused on nutrition, child mortality, fertility and gender preferences in Africa. She holds a PhD from the Paris School of Economics.

Michael B. O’Sullivan

Michael O’Sullivan is a development economist and deputy head of the World Bank's Africa Gender Innovation Lab. His research interests include questions around women’s access to and control over land, gender and agricultural markets, and rural women’s access to credit and savings. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He previously worked on USAID projects for Chemonics International and Mercy Corps, and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso.

Gayane Mkrtchyan

Gayane Mkrtchyan is an Operations Officer of the Armenia Women Entrepreneurship Project, works with public and private sector clients in Armenia, implementing tech accelerations and investment readiness programs. Gayane joined IFC in 2011, working on investment policy/promotion, trade logistics, inspections and agri. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and the Republic of Armenia. She has professional certification in fintech and an extensive professional experience, including work in the U.S. for a Connecticut State Senator, and a major Corporation in New York.

Target Audience

World Bank/IFC staff, private sector companies, researchers, international organizations, government officials, policymakers, development practitioners and other relevant stakeholders working on addressing gaps in female farmer’s access to productive assets, income, productivity, land-security and overall well-being.

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- Jul 20, 2022
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