Archived Webinar

Leveraging DPOs to Accelerate Gender Equality in the Labor Market: Good Practice and Innovative Operations to Help Women Enter, Stay and Thrive in the Workforce

This session will highlight how DPOs can tackle gender inequalities in the workplace through policies promoting women’s entry, retention, and career progression. It will also showcase resources that task teams can use to strengthen the gender design of their operations, and innovative good practice DPOs that have supported policies to increase female labor force participation, tackle occupational segregation and foster women’s safety in the workplace. Specifically this will include:

• Examples of recent DPOs that address issues such as, childcare, parental leave, sexual harassment pay legislation and other labor policies.

• Resources from the Women, Business and the Law program including data on discriminatory and enabling laws across 190 economies and country snapshots

• The Gender DPO dashboard which covers all DPOs that have achieved the Gender Tag from FY20 onwards including DPOs with Prior Actions (PAs) that address specific gender gaps in the labor market.


About the Presenters

Hana Brixi, Global Director, Gender Group

As Global Director for Gender, Hana Brixi leads a global effort to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. She sets the overall direction for the World Bank Group’s Gender knowledge agenda, drives Bank-wide efforts for results in closing gender gaps, and fosters partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders toward innovations at scale. In her career, Ms. Brixi has contributed to advances in human development, public finance, and governance. As Manager of the Human Capital Project, she led a global effort to protect and invest in people with an emphasis on girls’ and women’s empowerment. Prior to this, she held managerial and leadership positions in the Social Protection & Jobs and Governance Global Practices and in the Middle East & North Africa, East Asia & Pacific, and Europe & Central Asia regions. Based in China during 2001-10, she also served as World Health Organization’s Manager and UNICEF Chief in China. Ms. Brixi has published articles in professional journals and written several books on economic development, including Trust, Voice, and Incentives on service delivery and Government at Risk on fiscal management.

Michal Rutkowski,Global Director, Social Protection and Jobs

Mr. Michal Rutkowski is the Global Director for Social Protection and Jobs – overseeing the World Bank Global Practice responsible for protecting poor and vulnerable from shocks through improving their job opportunities, earning capacity, and social insurance and social assistance (safety net) coverage. Until July 2016, he was the Director for Multilateral Organizations, and prior to that the Country Director for the Russian Federation and the Resident Representative in Moscow for three years. In the period 2004-12, he was Sector Director for Human Development in the Middle East and North Africa and then South Asia regions of the World Bank.

María E. Dávalos, Senior Economist, Poverty

María E. Dávalos is a Senior Economist in the Poverty Global Practice focusing on the Latin America region and prior in the Europe and Central Asia region. She joined the Bank in 2010 through the World Bank’s Young Professionals Program and has since worked in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice. She currently leads the poverty and equity program for Colombia, is Acting EFI Program Leader for LC6 and is joining as Global Lead for the Markets and Institutions Global Solutions Area of the Poverty GP. She has worked on several topics, including inequality, economic mobility, labor markets, gender, migration, among others. Maria obtained a Master’s Degree in economic policy management at the Centre for Studies and Research on International Development (France) and was a Fulbright scholar at Fordham University (New York), where she obtained her PhD in economics.

Natalia Mazoni Silva Martins, Private Sector Specialist, Women, Business and the Law (WBL)

Natália Mazoni is a Private Sector Specialist with the Women, Business and the Law project. She leads the project’s labor and employment research and manages the corresponding topics on workplace, pay, parenthood and pension. She joined the World Bank Group in February 2016. Before joining the World Bank Group, she developed business strategies at EY Brazil and practiced at a law firm in Belo Horizonte. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, and a law degree from Faculdades Milton Campos in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

S. Amer Ahmed, Senior Economist, Social Protection and Jobs

S. Amer Ahmed is a Senior Economist with the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice for South Asia, where he works on jobs and migration issues in both analytics and operations. Amer was previously in the World Bank’s Prospects Group, among other units, and has published in the areas of climate change, labor, international trade, growth, and demographics. Aside from peer reviewed research, he has co-authored flagship products such as the World Bank’s biannual Global Economic Prospects report series, and the World Bank’s final Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016 on the MDGs and demographics. Amer received his PhD in Applied Economics from Purdue University, where he specialized in international trade.

Loli Arribas-Baños, Practice Manager for Global Engagements, Social Protection and Jobs

Loli Arribas-Banos, a Spanish national, is currently the Practice Manager for the Social Protection and Jobs Global Unit at the World Bank. Prior to this assignment, she had a similar role at the Poverty and Equity Global Practice with a two year break as a secondee at the Strategy Unit at the French Development Agency (AFD for its acronym in French). Loli has worked on operations, policy advice and analytical activities in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Europe and was the World Bank country manager/resident representative in Ecuador from 2009 to 2013. Loli has a masters degree in international public policy from SAIS/Johns Hopkins University, a master degree/MBA from George Washington University, and a Graduate degree in Economics from the University of Valladolid in Spain.

Mark Eugene Ahern, Lead Country Economist, Egypt Yemen and Djibouti

Mark Ahern joined the World Bank in 2008 and has had previous assignments working on the West Bank and Gaza, and Indonesia. He initially worked on public sector management issues before taking a program leader role. Before joining the World Bank Group, Mr. Ahern worked with the IMF in a range of developing and transition countries, including in Africa, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. He is originally from New Zealand, where he worked with the New Zealand Treasury for 15 years including as Budget Director overseeing the preparation of the New Zealand Government’s budget.

Target Audience

All DPO task teams

Questions Submitted


- Nov 4, 2022
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