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Feb 23

Women, Business and the Law: Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion Report

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Did you know that women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn only 10 percent of the income and own just 1 percent of the property?

A new study by the World Bank – Women, Business and the Law 2012 – aims to shed light on why these grim statistics still hold true for women. It examines 142 economies to see how gender based differentiations in legal treatment can affect women’s economic opportunities and incentives to run a business or get a job.

As The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom has clearly shown, it is individual liberty that challenges the status quo, existing privilege, and elite presumptions of the right to rule. This is the most practical way to do the greatest good for the greatest number. In other words, economic freedom works. It works in every cultural context. It works for men, and it works for women. Empirical evidence suggests that, slowly but surely, governments are making progress in expanding opportunities for women.

Join us as Rita Ramalho, Ph.D., Manager of the Enterprise Analysis Unit of the World Bank Group, presents the 2012 edition of the Women, Business and the Law report.

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Rita Ramalho, Ph.D.
Manager, Enterprise Analysis Unit, The World Bank Group

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