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The Third Edition of the Women, Business and the Law Report

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 15, 2014


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This event was rescheduled from February 13, 2014.

What is the legal and economic status of women around the world? How do women’s rights compare to those of men? How have they changed over the last two years? According to the 2014 joint publication and project by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Women, Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions To Enhance Gender Equality, 48 law and regulatory reforms were enacted between March 2011 and April 2013 that could enhance women’s economic opportunities.

Join us for a breakfast discussion with Sarah Iqbal and Paula Tavares, program coordinator and legal analyst at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  Ms. Iqbal and Ms. Tavares will present the third edition of Women, Business and the Law, which presents indicators based on laws and regulations affecting women’s prospects as entrepreneurs and employees.

Registration Fee: $10.00 for AS members, COA members, and YPA members; $20.00 for non-members.

Prior registration is required.

Note: Prior registrants please e-mail Juan Serrano-Badrena at, if you want prior $10 or $20 fee applied to this event or a full reimbursement.

Complimentary registration available
for diplomats, students, and academics.

Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at to register.

Event Information: Virginia Guevara | |1-212-277-8376
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
Press: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on  Monday, April 14, 2014

Sarah Iqbal

Program Coordinator, World Bank and the IFC

Sarah Iqbal coordinates the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law project. She joined the World Bank Group in 2008, where she worked with the Doing Business Project before moving to the Women, Business, and the Law project. The Women, Business and the Law report and dataset examines how the legal and regulatory environment affects women's ability to get jobs and start businesses. Ms. Iqbal also provides guidance on the interaction of the law and women’s economic activities in areas such as financial inclusion. Ms.

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Paula Tavares

Legal Gender Analyst, World Bank and the IFC

Paula Tavares is a Legal Gender Analyst. She joined the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law team in 2010 after working on the Investment Climate Department’s Health in Africa Initiative. Ms. Tavares currently focuses on conducting research and analysis of the legal and regulatory framework affecting women’s economic capacity and entrepreneurship. Her prior legal experience includes working with government multilateral trade agreements, private sector initiatives and non-governmental organizations. PaulaTavares is a Brazilian lawyer and holds an LL.M.

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