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Webinar 9 (July 29, 2020) - Why Pension 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 Pension indicator, which assesses laws affecting the size of a woman’s pension. Inequalities in pension system design can negatively affect women’s lifetime earnings, pension benefits and retirement savings, as well as their career growth prospects. 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

Natalia Mazoni

Natália Mazoni joined the World Bank Group in February 2016. She leads research on retirement and aging for Women, Business and the Law and her work focuses on the design of indicators to measure legal barriers for women’s economic inclusion. Previously she worked on assessing bureaucratic complexity in citizen-government interactions in the Living Life project. Before joining the World Bank Group she conducted legal research, tax advisory and 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. She is a member of the Brazilian Bar. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish and is conversant in French.

Moderator: Olena Mykhalchenko

Olena Mykhalchenko joined the Women, Business and the Law team in May 2020. She has done extensive work in the field of labor law, gender equality and non-discrimination in new technologies, and has more than eight years of experience in nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Her prior experiences include working with the International Bar Association, International Law Commission, and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, where she served as a graduate fellow. She earned her B.A. and LL.M in Law at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine), and an LL.M at the George Washington University Law School as a Fulbright and Thomas Buergenthal scholarships awardee. She speaks English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

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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