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Gender Equality and Inequality in Rural India
June 5, 2014Washington, D.C.

Carol Vlassoff, an adjunct professor in the department of epidemiology and community medicine at the University of Ottawa, analyzes the implications of economic development for changes in women's empowerment and reproductive health.

A Gender and Development Seminar Series Event

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Women’s economic empowerment was one of the frontier topics identified in the World Development Report 2012 on gender, and has been further investigated in the World Bank's recent publication Gender at Work

In her latest book, Gender Equality and Inequality in Rural India, Carol Vlassoff analyzes the implications of economic development for changes in women's empowerment and reproductive health, as well as in sex preference. Based on a study from a village in Maharashtra where impressive gains in economic development have occurred in recent decades, she examines the impact of son preference on fertility and women's economic empowerment and other aspects of reproductive behavior. She shows that the benefits of women’s employment extends beyond the traditional wage labor and domestic spheres to include better health and well-being of rural society, and argues that policies aimed at closing gender gaps in social inequalities must be complemented by policies fostering employment opportunities for women. This session highlights the main findings and implications for World Bank operations.

Speaker:
Carol Vlassoff
Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa

Discussant:
Gladys Lopez-Acevedo
Lead Economist (SARCE), World Bank

Chair:
Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough
Director, Operational Services and Quality (SARSQ), World Bank

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    Carol Vlassoff

    Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa
    Carol Vlassoff is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Ottawa, Canada. For nearly 30 years she worked for international development organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the International Development Research Centre, Canada. Her research interests include gender and health, HIV/AIDS and international health.
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    Gladys Lopez-Acevedo

    Lead Economist (SARCE), World Bank
    Gladys Lopez-Acevedo is a Lead Economist in the Chief Economist Office in the South Asia Region at the World Bank (SARCE). Gladys was Senior Economist in the Central Vice-Presidency PREM and in the Latin America Region at the World Bank. Her research interests include poverty, labor markets, and evaluation. She is a fellow in leading global knowledge institutions such as LACEA, PEP, and 3IE. Gladys has been associate professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a research fellow at the University of Virginia. She holds a BA in Economics from ITAM, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia.
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    Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough

    Director, Operational Services and Quality (SARSQ), World Bank
    Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, a Zimbabwean national, is currently the Director, Operational Services and Quality, in the South Asia region, a position she has held since 2012. She began her career with the Bank in 1994 in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, and in 1995 joined the institution as a Young Professional. Her career at the World Bank has encompassed work across four regions—AFR, EAP, MENA, and SAR—and includes three years in the Philippines Country Office and an earlier role as Sector Manager for Environment and Natural Resource Management in the Africa region. Prior to joining the Bank, Idah worked for the Zimbabwean government in the natural resources management sector. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology-Genetics from the University of Zimbabwe and a Doctorate in Natural Resources Management/Forestry from the University of Oxford.
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EVENT DETAILS
  • When: 12:30-1:45 p.m. ET
  • Where: MC4-800, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Maureen Itepu
  • mitepu@worldbank.org