A Gender and Development Seminar Series Event
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.
Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa
Lead Economist (SARCE), World Bank
Director, Operational Services and Quality (SARSQ), World Bank