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Webinar 8 (July 22, 2020) - Why Assets Matter 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 session will provide an in-depth look at the Assets indicator, which analyzes gender differences in property and inheritance laws. Strong property rights can allow women to leverage assets for economic gain. The presentation will include further explanation of the legal and economic rationale behind the indicator, as well as global findings and recent reforms.

About the Presenters

Viktoria Khaitina

Viktoria Khaitina joined Women, Business and the Law in January 2017. She researches and analyzes data related to property laws and laws protecting women from violence. She previously worked with the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development team at the Legal Vice Presidency. Before joining the World Bank, Viktoria worked at a international law firm, where she advised businesses on investment, finance and trade matters. Viktoria holds degrees from the Belarusian State University (LL.B (Hons), LL.M (Hons) in International Business Law), Certificate in Public Administration from the Swedish Institute of Public Administration and American University Washington College of Law (H.H. Fellowship Program). She is a native Belarusian and Russian speaker.

Moderator: Nayda Almodovar-Reteguis

Nayda Almodóvar-Reteguis is a Private Sector Development Specialist for The World Bank’s Development Economic Unit, working on the Women, Business and the Law project since 2010. Her work focuses on the design of indicators to measure legal barriers for women’s economic inclusion. She has also done historical legal research focused on the evolution of labor and family law reforms, to understand how legal frameworks affect economic development and competitiveness, particularly through the inclusion of human capital. Nayda oversees the interactions with governments as part of the stakeholders engagement component of Women, Business and the Law. With a 16-years career in law, policy and international development, her previous experience spans the public and private sector and includes serving as Deputy Advisor for the Governor of Puerto Rico on public policy and economic development. Nayda holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from The George Washington University School of Law. She speaks Spanish and is conversant in French.

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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