Legal Barriers to Economic Participation

Legal Barriers to Economic Participation

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from Women and Foreign Policy Program

This roundtable discussion “Legal Barriers to Economic Participation” with Sarah Iqbal, director of the World Bank Group’s Women, Business, and the Law project, highlights findings from the World Bank’s fourth edition of the global Women, Business and the Law report series.

The report measures how laws, regulations, and institutions differentiate between women and men in ways that affect women’s incentives or capacity to work or to set up and run a business. It provides data on legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies.


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