Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality

On November 13, 2013, the International and Comparative Law Program hosted a panel discussion to mark the launch the World Bank-IFC report, Women, Business, and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality.

Nayda L. Almodóvar-Reteguis, a member of the Women, Business, and the Law team, presented a sample of the report's extensive findings, and shared her hope that the report would be used to inform other research and analysis about laws that impact female entrepreneurs and employees globally.

Dr. Mary Ellsberg, Director of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University, gave general comments on the report with a specific focus on violence against women. Her remarks drew attention to the fact that many countries may have laws designed to protect and promote women yet those laws may not be enforced.

Karen B. Brown, Donald Phillip Rothschild Research Professor of Law, also spoke and analyzed the report's tax implications. Often overlooked, tax laws and policy can be used to help women, such as in the area of tax credits for childcare and property rights.

For more information on the World Bank-IFC Women, Business, and the Law Report, click here to view the key findings.


From left to right: Erin F. Rogers, JD Candidate '14; Donald Phillip Rothschild Research Professor of Law Karen Brown, Nayda Almodovar-Reteguis, LLM ’10, Legal Gender Analyst, Financial and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency, World Bank–IFC; Dr. Mary Ellsberg, Director, Global Women’s Institute, The George Washington University; Garam Al-Kastalani-Dexter of the World Bank's Women, Business, and the Law Team; Mohammad Shouman, JD Candidate '14; Paula Tavares of the World Bank's Women, Business, and the Law Team.


From left to right: Dr. Vinodh Jaichand, Head of School, University of Witwatersrand Law School, South Africa; Anne-Marie Leroy, General Counsel of the World Bank; Professor Vincent Nmehielle, University of Witwatersrand Law School, South Africa; Susan Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies.