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Webinar 4 (June 24, 2020) - Why Pay Matters 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 Pay indicator, which measures laws and regulations concerning job restrictions and the gender wage gap. Although economies grow faster when more women work, countries in every region still maintain restrictions on the types of work women can do or lack a guarantee of equal remuneration for work of equal value. 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

Sheng Cui

Sheng Cui joined the Women, Business and the Law team in April 2019, and his current research focuses on labor and employment issues and data analysis of reforms. Previously, he gained experience in development policy research and reform advisory work in social and energy related fields, with multiple international organizations and government agencies, including UNDP Eswatini, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, etc. He holds an MPA degree in international development from New York University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international political economy at Peking University. He speaks Chinese.

Moderator: Katrin Schulz

Katrin Schulz joined the Women, Business and the Law team in January 2013 and leads research on labor and employment law. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she conducted legal analysis for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a labor law firm and several nonprofit organizations focused on human rights and gender equality. She graduated from American University Washington College of Law and from the University of Virginia’s Studies in Women and Gender program. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She is fluent in Spanish.

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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