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Webinar 10 (August 5, 2020) - Using Data to Reform the Law for Working Women

From the basics of freedom of movement to the challenges of working, parenting, and retiring, this series highlights how in many countries, the law restricts women’s economic opportunities and in turn hinders economic growth. Join the Women, Business and the Law team as they take you through the life cycle of a woman who encounters discriminatory laws at every stage of her career. This final session will offer insight into the operationalization of the Women, Business and the Law data by the Advisory team. Working directly with government counterparts, the team provides direct assistance and analysis to reform the law for working women. The presentation will include a further explanation of the team’s work, as well as current projects and recent reforms.

About the Presenters

Iva Hamel

Iva Hamel, a Bulgarian national, is a Senior Private Sector Specialist with the Global Business Regulation Unit in the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice. She leads the global Women, Business and the Law Reform Advisory work as well as business environment advisory projects in ECA, MENA and EAP. Recently Iva has led successful reform programs in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Greece, Albania, Tajikistan. Prior to joining the World Bank, Iva worked as a management consultant in Cambridge, MA, USA. She holds an MA in International Finance and Economics from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Colby College, USA.

Moderator: Christine Zhenwei Qiang

Christine Zhenwei Qiang is Practice Manager of Investment Climate. Her teams advise client governments in over 100 countries on catalyzing private investment and competition through legal, policy, regulatory and institutional reforms. She oversees the Global Investment Competitiveness Report series. She has published journal articles, book chapters and reports on private sector development, economic growth, FDI, productivity and infrastructure development. Prior to joining the Investment Climate Department in 2011, she was Lead Economist at the Policy Division of the ICT Department of the World Bank Group. She has a PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Target Audience

The target audience for this series includes both internal and external stakeholders. Participation from within the World Bank Group will be useful for operations colleagues working on projects with a gender component, writing gender assessments, or those hoping to add a gender tag to lending projects. Country office teams working on legal reform may also wish to participate. External stakeholders will include public officials, government agencies, the private sector, or civil society organizations working towards legal reform in any of the 190 countries covered.

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