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Women Business & the Law launch w/ World Bank Group

w@tt co-hosts launch with World Bank Group of Women,Business & the Law

w@tt co-hosts World Bank Group launch of Women,Business & the Law 2018

Women@theTable is so pleased and proud to have partnered with the World Bank Group's office in Geneva on 17 and 18 September to produce three events to highlight the uses of the fundamental and fabulously useful World Bank Group dataset on Women, Business and the Law.

We know no economy can grow to its full potential unless both women and men participate fully. As half the world’s population, women have an equal role in driving economic growth. Women, Business and the Law (WBL) is a World Bank Group project collecting unique data on the laws and regulations that restrict women's economic opportunities. Since 2009, WBL has enhanced the study of gender equality and informed discussions on improving women's economic opportunities and empowerment. The dataset offers objective and measurable benchmarks for global progress toward gender equality.

Comparable across economies, the data is useful for research and policy discussions on improving women's economic opportunities. Now in its fifth edition, WBL has expanded coverage to 189 economies and 7 topics relevant to women's economic participation.


On 17 September, Women @ the Table and the World Bank Group co-organised a panel at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

  • Tanya Primiani, co-author of the report at the World Bank Group, presented the report’s key findings
  • The panel:  
  • Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
  • Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the UN and the WTO
  • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO and Founder, Women@theTable.

Video of the Panel and Event at the Graduate Institute

Briefing at the Palais des Nations 18 September

  • The following day a briefing was held at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) on September 18th to further disseminate the World Bank Group WBL publication with 
  • Ambassador Stephen de Boer of Canada to the WTO, 
  • Ambassador Ataliah Molokomme of Botswana, 
  • and Jos Verbeek of the World Bank Group moderating the discussion with Member States.

Followed by a Working Lunch with Ambassadors

  1. And a fabulous action plan to integrate Women, Business and the Law at the country level in conjunction with the World Bank.  
  2. AND a paper to help Member States and Civil Society use the data in Women, Business and the Law in order to craft more fully effective questions at the Trade Periodic Review (TPR) at the World Trade Organization, and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council, as well as at CEDAW, (as well as integrating the use of CEDAW recommendations as inspiration for questions and comments).
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