Women represent 49.6% of the population worldwide, but only 40.8% of the formal economy. A recent World Bank study, Women, Business and the Law 2012: Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion, contends that this disparity may be explained in part by the legal differences between men and women present in many countries. Building off of and expanding beyond other business indicator datasets, like Doing Business and the Enterprise Surveys, the Women, Business and the Law project (WBL) sought to identify and shed light on the additional legal barriers women face when seeking employment or starting their own business. The project studied 141 economies across the globe, measuring the legal differences based on gender in six areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit, and going to court.
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Last week members of the Coalition of Women Business Associations (CAFA) in Romania participated in a workshop titled “How to Communicate with Public Officials” which took place in Bucharest. The event brought together fifteen business women and managers representing six women business associations from all over the country and was organized by the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Romania – Timisoara, a CAFA member, and the Advocacy Academy. Another CAFA member, the Association Business Opportunities for Women hosted the event at its headquarters.
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Last week, CIPE hosted a webinar with Selima Ahmad, founder and president of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ms. Ahmad shared stories of how entrepreneurship is transforming the lives of women in Bangladesh, described her experience in helping women overcome obstacles to equal participation in the marketplace, and shared lessons on leadership in giving voice to women. CIPE Deputy Director for Programs Jean Rogers moderated this exchange on women’s empowerment with participants from the Community of Women Entrepreneurs forum and others from several countries across the globe.
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