Although women account for more than half the world's population, their contribution to overall economic growth lags behind that of men in most countries. Occupational job segregation and sexual division of labor remain pervasive, and women perform the vast majority of unpaid care work. This session will review the constraints women face in fulfilling their potential and enhancing their contribution to aggregate output and economic growth. It will address how women in developing countries engage in the informal economy despite constraints and highlight promising interventions to mitigate legal constraints in Cote D'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Closing productivity gaps is vital not only to empowering women but also to tackling poverty and boosting shared prosperity, the World Bank Group's twin corporate goals.
Deputy Director in the IMF Strategy, Policy, & Review Department
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and International Coordinator, WIEGO Network
Program Coordinator, Women, Business and the Law, World Bank Group
Director, World Bank Group Gender & Development