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Does Changing Laws Make a Difference to Outcomes for Women and Girls?

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 9:30am

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The last few years have seen some significant progress in legal reform worldwide affecting women and girls, from compulsory free primary education and land titling reform to increased legal age of marriage and the introduction of gender violence laws. This year’s edition of the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law report tracks some of those changes but also asks ‘does changing laws make a difference to actual outcomes?’ That is the subject of ongoing research at the Center for Global Development covering early marriage, FGM and titling. This event will bring together the Women, Business and the Law team and CGD researchers to discuss the impact of legal reform – what we know and what it suggests for policymakers trying to improve outcomes for women and girls.


Women, Business and the Law 2016: An Overview

Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators Group, World Bank Group

Getting to Equal

Tazeen Hasan, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, World Bank Group
Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators Group, World Bank Group
Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (Moderator)

From Law to Impact

Maitreyi Bordia Das, Global Lead on Social Inclusion, World Bank Group
Tazeen Hasan, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, World Bank Group
Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Justin Sandefur, Research Fellow, Center for Global Development
Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, UN Foundation (Moderator)

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Location, Date & Time

Center for Global Development
2055 L Street NW - Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Thursday, September 17
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.