The World Bank’s Women Business and Law Report estimates that the typical economy only gives women three-quarters of the rights of men when it comes to legal, regulatory, and social norms. Closing the gender gap in the economy could add a staggering $28 trillion to global GDP. On Wednesday, October 9, CIPE will host a discussion on leveraging private-sector leadership to improve the enabling environment for women in the economy. Women entrepreneurs and women in business are key to achieving sustainable and inclusive growth. CIPE views women’s empowerment through the prism of building linkages between educational, civic, political, and economic empowerment, where domestic civil society organizations become a leading force to remove barriers and help women shape the future of their own countries. Panelists will discuss how to improve conditions for women in the economy as well as their efforts and achievements in eradicating barriers through business leadership and advocacy.
Manizha Wafeq – Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Foluke Ademokun – Association of Nigerian Women’s Business Network
Kim Bettcher – Center for International Private Enterprise (moderator)
Washington, DC, 20036