Gender discrimination remains a pervasive challenge with deep-rooted implications for economic and social development. While social norms undoubtedly contribute to this issue, it is essential to recognize that legal frameworks can also play a significant role in perpetuating gender disparities by giving legitimacy to discriminatory social norms or creating new ones. Legal reform, therefore, represents a critical avenue for fostering gender equality and enabling the full participation of women in economic activities. By introducing and implementing appropriate rules and institutions, legal reform can serve as a fundamental pillar for sustainable development.
Legal reform, however, is a complex process that demands a deep understanding of a country's economic and social context. Effective engagement with local stakeholders and the private sector is crucial to ensuring the success of such reforms. To advance female entrepreneurship and promote financial inclusion, it is imperative to address the legal barriers that hinder women's access to finance.
This session aims to bring together a distinguished panel of experts to delve into the complexities of advancing female entrepreneurship through legal reform and an enabling legal environment. At the same time, it aims to provide a roadmap for policymakers, legal experts, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and all stakeholders interested in advancing female entrepreneurship and financial inclusion through legal reform.