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Women, Business and the Law: A Joint Publication by The World Bank and IFC
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The International Council of Small Business’ will hold a webinar featuring The World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law project.

When: Monday, February 25
4:30 pm EST
Where: Online

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The International Council of Small Business’ will hold a webinar featuring The World Bank Group’sWomen, Business and the Lawproject. This event will take place on February 25 from 4:30-6:30 pm and will be hosted by the George Washington University, in Washington DC.

The Women, Business and the Law project examines how laws and institutions may differentiate between men and women, in ways that can adversely affect women’s participation in the economy as entrepreneurs, employers and employees. Currently the Women, Business and the Law database covers 142 economies and 6 areas of law: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit, and going to court.

Women, Business and the Law’s research shows:

  • In economies with equal property rights for men and women, there are more firms with female participation in ownership and more women have loans.
  • Where working hours and industry restrictions on women are more prevalent, female labor force participation is lower. These restrictions make women less flexible employees and narrow the number of jobs for which they are qualified.

Women, Business and the Law is not only a dataset, but a working policy tool. The United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) uses our data along with other economic and governances indicators, as a litmus test to make decisions on providing funding to governments. As a result governments from a range of countries such as: Niger, Senegal, Lesotho, Cote d’Ivoire, and Cameroon have sought Women, Business and the Law’s advice on which laws to reform to better integrate women into the economy.

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