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WOMEN, BUSINESS AND THE LAW 2016



Over the past two years, 65 economies achieved 94 reforms increasing women’s economic opportunities. Most of these reforms took place in developing economies, with 19 in Europe and Central Asia, 18 in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 16 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Economies in the Middle East and North Africa had 12 reforms, and those in East Asia and the Pacific had 11 reforms. The fewest reforms—3—were in South Asia. Read more ...

 

 


 

Data Tool, Assess Fiscal Policies to Tackle Gender Inequality


The IMF has conducted the first-ever global review of policymakers’ use of tax and spending policies to promote gender equality and has released an online database toolkit of gender equality indicators worldwide.Read more ...

 

 


 

Innovative Business Models for Better Impact


The Development Marketplace, in collaboration with the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), developed this e-learning course for social entrepreneurs and NGOs to learn how to develop and implement inclusive and successful business models. Four facilitated modules will guide entrepreneurs step-by-step through the process of developing a business model: Read more ...

 

 


 

Unequal Before the Law:

Measuring Legal Gender Disparities Across the World

 


 

Several economies have laws that treat women differently from men. This study explores the degree of such legal gender disparities across 167 economies around the world. This is achieved by constructing a simple measure of legal gender disparities to evaluate how countries perform. The average number of overall legal gender disparities across 167 economies is 17, ranging from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 44. The maximum possible legal gender disparities is 71. The measure is found to be correlated with other measures of gender inequality, implying the measure does capture gender inequality while also differing from preexisting measures of gender inequality.
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IMF SEMINARS EVENT

DATE: October 5, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium
TUNE IN FOR THE LIVE WEBCAST ON - Wednesday, October 5 AT 02 30 PM 

Achieving comprehensive economic development and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require a decisive challenge to existing barriers to women’s economic equality. With that in mind, the UN Secretary General recently established a High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to address the most persistent gender gaps that “constrain women’s rights and hinder economic growth and productivity.”   More info ...

 

 


 

First report by High-Level Panel

Women’s Economic Empowerment
NewYork 


The High-Level Panel (HLP) for Women’s Economic Empowerment today presents its first findings to the UN Secretary-General at an event in New York, held in the context of the UN General Assembly. The HLP, created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January 2016, aims at placing women’s economic empowerment at the top of the global agenda to accelerate progress under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   More info ...

 

 


 

Iranain Women Entrepreneur

این کلیپ کوتاه در مورد کارآفرینی زنان در ایران توسط انجمن زنان کارآفرین و با حمایت معاونت امور زنان و خانواده نهاد ریاست جمهوری در سال 1393 تهیه شده است

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The Entrepreneurship Development Foundation for Women and Youth

 

 


 

Happy Persian New Year


 

 

 

 


 

iBRIDGE - High Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran


iBRIDGE Berlin 

 

 

 

 


 

Call for Papers:


11th IZA Conference on Labor Market Policy Evaluation

Information and Application Form 

 

 


 

Happy International women's Day


 

 












 


 

New Data on Women and Girls

Released by Clinton & Gates Foundations

Since 1995, the status of women and girls has improved, but a deeper look into the data shows we’re not there yet.
A Data-Driven Approach to Gender Equality

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project

 


 

World Bank Announcement


You are invited to participate in the Women´s Economic Empowerment (WEE) e-Learning Module which starts on March 16, 2015 and ends April 10, 2015. This facilitated Women’s Economic Empowerment Module requires about 2-4 hours commitment per week. The following topics will be covered: 1. The importance of women’s economic empowerment for gender equality and development. 2. Gender gaps in earnings and productivity. 3. Policies to improve economic opportunities for women. 4. Impacts and opportunities in the growth of global trade and economic integration. You must complete the self-paced Gender Equality and Development Overview Module to be eligible for enrollment. You can easily enroll here for the Overview Module which consists of five 20 minute presentations with additional reading and a post-quiz. Apply for the Women’s Economic Empowerment eModule. Please visit this page to sign up my March 9, 2015. Read more ...

 


 

Innovative Business Models for Better Impact


The Development Marketplace, in collaboration with the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), developed this e-learning course for social entrepreneurs and NGOs to learn how to develop and implement inclusive and successful business models. Four facilitated modules will guide entrepreneurs step-by-step through the process of developing a business model: Read more ...

 

 

 


 

Economic Analysis of Investments


This is a course that will provide participants the opportunity to learn the basic concepts of economic analysis, identify appropriate tools for economic analysis, use economic analysis on development projects and think critically about ongoing development projects. The course is organized into four modules: Read more ...

 




 

Voice and Agency

Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity

The report is a recent World Bank flagship report that distills vast data and hundreds of studies to shed new light on constraints facing women and girls worldwide, from epidemic levels of gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from owning property, working, and making decisions about their own lives. It also highlights promising reforms and intervention from around the world and lays out an urgent agenda for governments, civil society, development agencies, and other stakeholders. Read more ...

 




 

Iran ’s Unrealised Potential

By: Nadereh Chamlou

Iran’s gender equality record, placing it 134th out of 136 countries largely because of its gender policies, is simply not consistent with striving to be a world power. If Iran wants to assume the intellectual and economic leadership of the region, and to be able to use its position to create a growth pole for West Asia, it can only do so by tapping into the entirety of Iran’s human resources, not just half. Read more ...

 


 

۳ شاه‌کلید خروج پایدار اقتصاد ایران از رکود

برداشتن سد راههای بخش خصوصی، کشف و شناسایی و بهره‌گیری از استعدادها و افزایش مشارکت زنان در اقتصاد سه مورد از شاه‌کلیدهای مهم خروج پایدار اقتصاد ایران از رکود؛ عاری از وجود یا عدم‌وجود تحریم است. Read more ...

 




 

MENA Diaspora


The World Bank is conducting a survey of MENA diaspora.

Please join in and fill out this survey if you have a few minutes.

MENA Citizens Living Abroad:
World Bank Survey to Foster Economic Development and Knowledge Transfer in their Home Country.To participate please click here.

Citoyens de la Région MENA Résidant à l'Etranger:
Enquête de la Banque mondiale pour Promovoir leur Contribution Economique et le Transfert des Connaissances dans le Pays d'Origine. De participer s'il vous plaît cliquez ici.

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

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Call For Papers

Persianate Studies: A Conceptual Inquiry May 9-11, 2014
Deadline: October 15th, 2013


The Iranian Studies Initiative at Yale is organizing a workshop in May 2014 to explore the dimensions of Persianate Studies as an academic field. The workshop asks whether the term "Persianate" works as a conceptual framework beyond language and literature to such areas as habitat, economy and trade routes, and political and material cultures. Are there tangible historical ties in the pre-modern and early modern eras among such diverse regions as Anatolia, the Iranian plateau and the greater Khorasan region, the Caucasus, the southern rim of Central Asia, Western Xingjian, and the Indian subcontinent? Can these ties create a viable field of study beyond Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and East Asian studies to underscore subtle interregional connections and longue durée commonalities? What circumstances, on the other hand, reoriented these regions and helped break up the Persianate oecumene in modern times? Papers may explore novel conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as case studies with broader historical implications.

Please send proposals (synopsis and a resume) by October 15th via email to Ms. Lora LeMosy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Council on Middle East Studies, MacMillan Center, Yale University.

 


 

Frontiers in Development Policy

COURSE DELIVERY DATES: May 06, 2013 - May 31, 2013
Application Ends On : April 30, 2013
Price: Free


Policymakers and development practitioners are facing an increasingly complex array of economic, social, and political challenges. They need a broad-based understanding of the functioning and complexities of the economy as well as an awareness of the latest thinking and approaches to development policy. The Frontiers in Development Policy course helps address this need. It is designed for future leaders, policymakers, and change agents who are trying to meet the development challenges facing their countries. More Information ... 

 


 

People, Politics, and Change

COURSE DELIVERY DATES: April 08, 2013 - May 06, 2013
Application Ends On : April 01, 2013
Price: $300


Building Communication Capacity for Governance Reform- a new e-course offered by WBI’s E-Institute may provide the safe space for learning and experimentation. It offers no ready-made prescriptions but offers a systematic approach for analyzing the reform environment and key decisions that can help reform teams build buy-in and support for governance reform – from policymakers and political leaders; from middle managers in entrenched bureaucracies; from hostile, indifferent, or apathetic constituencies.More Information ...

 


 

Gender Equality and Development:

March 11, 2013 - March 31, 2013


This module provides an introduction to new research findings and analyses from the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development (WDR). It highlights the WDR analytical framework and its findings on the relationships of gender equality to endowments, economic opportunity, and voice and agency. More Information ...

 


Golden Growth

Restoring the Lustre of the European Economic Model:
April 01, 2013 - April 26, 2013

This course will provide a detail analysis of the attributes that makes the European Growth model unique and highlight its strengths and weaknesses. More Information ...



Happy NewYear

Happy New Year

Centre for Development Policy and Research (CDPR):

The Centre for Development Policy and Research (CDPR) draws on the broad range of development expertise at the School of Oriental and African Studies to engage in innovative policy-oriented research and training on crucial development issues. Based in the Department of Development Studies, the Centre also partners extensively with specialists in the Department of Economics and other SOAS departments and actively collaborates with the London International Development Centre, a six-college consortium at the University of London geared to multi-disciplinary research. More Information ...

 


The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

International business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women's Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.
The call for applications is now open until March 8, 2013. To apply to the competition, you need to fill an application form.

 


World Bank - e-Learning Courses:

Policies for Jobs
November 5–30, 2012 - (Apply by October 25, 2012 here)
This four-week course provides an overview of current global labor market trends in light of the financial crisis, and is intended to take a hard look at the challenges of employment creation by examining both demand-side and supply-side factors.
Course fee: $250 (World Bank staff included)
For more information, please contact Leyla Shamchiyeva at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
More Information ...

Competitiveness and Corporate Social Responsibility
November 5–December 7, 2012 - (Apply by October 29, 2012 here)
This course provides you with practical frameworks to address and better understand basic concepts of competitiveness from nations' and firms’ perspectives and how the public and private sector engage with corporate social responsibilities and build innovative partnerships.
Course fee: US$250
For more information, please contact Dulce Afzal ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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The Geography of Growth
November 5–30, 2012 - (Apply by October 29, 2012 here)
The course Geography of Growth will focus on urbanization—the growing share of urban population. Population size, economic density and territorial specialization typify this relationship and will be examined in this course.
Course fee: $250 (World Bank staff included)
For more information, please contact: Breda Griffith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
More Information ...

 


International Conference, 17 September 2012

CSAEM is pleased to announce its forthcoming 
international conference on 
Global Economy Policy challenges & Market Responses.

The conference will provide a valuable forum for discussions around the latest 
developments in international markets and research on policy implications and 
global challenges. The conference will be of importance to practitioners, 
policy makers and academics from a wide range of disciplines within Economics 
and Business sectors. For more information about the conference please visit the CSAEM website on www.csaem.org.

 


PGN Event June 23, 2012

A joint conference between PGN and the Iranian American Women's Leadership Foundation, Washington DC. Read More


The Allocation of Talent and U.S. Economic Growth:

Chang-Tai Hsieh (Chicago Booth and NBER), Erik Hurst (Chicago Booth and NBER), Charles I. Jones (Stanford GSB and NBER), Peter J. Klenow (Stanford University and NBER) May 3, 2012 Abstract Fifteen to twenty percent of aggregate wage growth during the last fifty years can be attributed to the changes in labor market outcomes for women and blacks netween 1960 and 2008.  Read More

 


POSHT-E PARDEH, BEHIND THE PAINTING:

WOMEN AS ART GALLERY MANAGERS IN CONTEMPORARY IRAN

Anna Vanzan- Università Statale Milano (Italy)

It is almost a truism to say that women are at the vanguard of present Iran cultural life. Women have become the leaders of various artistic movements, and nowadays literature, cinema, visual and performing arts are inspired by a growing female presence. Women act not only as writers, actresses, directors, performers etc., but more often then not they also participate directly in the entrepreneurial process that make the artistic product possible, available and marketable.
To read more please Click Here

 


“Growing Innovation:”

InfoDev's latest Annual Report references how, thanks to growing donor support, it was able to take a more holistic approach for the program, focusing on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. The program maintained its strong ties with its grassroots network of entrepreneurs and business incubators. That network has supported 400 incubators in 107 countries, has catalyzed 25,000 firms, and has helped to create 250,000 jobs.
To read more please Click Here

 


The World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index

 

The WJP Rule of Law Index is an innovative quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law, not in theory, but in practice. This report is the second in an annual series.
To read more please Click Here

 


Women, Business and the Law 2012

Women, Business and he Law, objectively highlighting differentiations of the basis of gender in 141 economies around the world, covering six areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit and going to court. Women, Business and the Law describes regional trends and shows how economies are changing across these six areas, tracking governments' actions to expand economic opportunies for women.
To read more please Click Here

 


 

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“Policies for Growth”

Open for registration February 1 - 29, 2012
Apply by January 11, 2012


The course will provide a detailed explanation of economic policies' role in growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. Specifically, after describing basic economic relationships - and after confirming that growth is the most critical factor in alleviating poverty - the course turns to individual policy areas. These include the various roles of government, which include maintaining an environment conducive to the effective operation of a market economy and conducting fiscal policy. Policies governing money supply, exchange rates and the financial sector are also covered.

After describing the experience over the past several decades with development aid, which aims to place poor countries on a path to sustainable long-run growth, the course turns to a discussion of external debt and how it became unsustainable in many low-income countries, crippling their growth potential and keeping millions in poverty. The remainder of the course examines problems that can keep the poor from moving out of poverty.

To read more please Click Here

 


Fifth Roundtable of the Persian Gender Network - Dec 8-9

In Partnership with University of London, School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS)
Sponsored by: The World Bank & Center for Arab Women Training and Research
Holiday Inn – Bloomsbury (Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT)
To view the PGN program please Click Here.
To view the International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA)program, please Click Here.

It is a great pleasure to announce the upcoming PGN Roundtable at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in early December. This Roundtable was originally scheduled for September 9-10. We now will hold it on December 8-9, 2011. Our sincere gratitude to SOAS for this warm invitation. (SIGI) is a new composite measure of gender equality, based on the OECD’s Gender, Institutions and Development Database. It complements and improves existing measures in several ways. While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality outcomes, the SIGI focuses on the root causes behind these inequalities. The Social Institutions and Gender Index has been constructed by the OECD Development Centre, in collaboration with a research team from Gottingen University. The index is based on 124 detailed country notes which provided the basis of the social institutions variables that are presented in five categories: family codes, civil liberties, physical integrity, son preference, and ownership rights. The database is searchable by any or all of these categories, as well as by country or region. Read More.

 


 

An interview with Shirin Ebadi

Women Forum's Global Meeting 2011, presented an intreview with Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi. To watch this interview please Click Here.

 

 


 

The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)

SIGI is a new composite measure of gender equality, based on the OECD’s Gender, Institutions and Development Database. It complements and improves existing measures in several ways. While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality outcomes, the SIGI focuses on the root causes behind these inequalities. The Social Institutions and Gender Index has been constructed by the OECD Development Centre, in collaboration with a research team from G?ttingen University. The index is based on 124 detailed country notes which provided the basis of the social institutions variables that are presented in five categories: family codes, civil liberties, physical integrity, son preference, and ownership rights. The database is searchable by any or all of these categories, as well as by country or region. Read More

 

 


 

PGN Roundtable at SOAS

As before, we will hold this event in parallel with the conference of the International Iranian Economic Association, which will present some of the latest economic policy thinking and research. This partnership allows us to exchange views and interact with our economic counterparts and build a common understanding across disciplines.

The program of the Roundtable is under development. PGN had a call for proposals in early 2011. A committee of evaluators selected six of the papers across disciplines, that were innovative and insightful. In addition to the selected papers, the program will include leading thought leaders and opinion leaders on the topic of gender and development in Persian speaking countries.

We welcome you to participate in the program. Due to budget constraints PGN cannot accommodate everyone who has so far signed up from outside of London. We thank you for your keen interest and apologize if PGN cannot fund all of you to participate, but hope that you can join if you are in the London area. Above all, we hope that we all will have some memorable moments together to push forward on an agenda of common interest. PGN will keep you posted about the final program.

 


 

Women, Business, and the Law

IFC published Women, Business and the Law -- a cross country report on the legal impediments facing women starting their businesses. Read More

 

 


 

Gender & Development

World Bank dedicates its flagship World Development Report for the first time to Gender and Development -- "Women are the next emerging market," says Bob Zoellick, World Bank President. Read More

 


 

Think Equal!

 

A World Bank’s Open forum - Sep 20-2, 2011.

Inequality is a lifelong experience for girls and women.

Do men and women have equal rights?

How do we get to equal?

We invite PGN community to participate in this interesting forum and encourage our members to express their opinions.

Click here to begin.

 


Will people power empower women?

Submitted by Nadereh Chamlou on March 20, 2011.

The democratic movements sprouting all over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are arousing high optimism for greater voice and inclusiveness. Democracies are about sharing power, and about reflecting the will of the people through peaceful processes at the ballot box. But, will the will of the people and people power usher in greater gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly as women fought shoulder to shoulder with men for change?

Click here to read more

 


 

Access to Data

Access to cross country data is often the most difficult barrier for researchers and experts to carry out evidence based research. The World Justice Forum through its World Justice Project has developed an index of law on the basis of data connected across 66 countries, including Iran, involving experts and men and women it interviewed. This is the third year the index has been compiled and published. It is available at: the site below:

 


wjproli2011_0.pdf

 


 

Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action

- Ten Years of Security Council Resolution 1325 -


DCAF is pleased to announce the release of “Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action - Ten Years of Security Council Resolution 1325”. This publication summarizes the proceedings of the seminar of the same title, held in Geneva on 15 September 2010. Convened jointly by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and DCAF, the seminar is part of an ongoing series of joint events hosted by DCAF and UNOG since 2003, addressing various aspects of security governance.

The publication includes the following:

  • Foreword, by Mr. Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze, Director‐General, UNOG; Ambassador Theodor H. Winkler, Director, DCAF; Ambassador Alex Van Meeuwen, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations Office and other Specialized Institutions in Geneva;
  • Opening keynote address, by Ms. Micheline Calmy‐Rey, Federal Councillor and Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Ten years of Resolution 1325: Accomplishments, gaps, lessons learned and the way forward, including the following panelists:

- Ambassador Helga Hernes (Moderator)
- Dr. Soccoh Kabia, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Sierra Leone
- Lieutenant General (retired) Jasbir Singh Lidder, United Nations Deputy Special Representative for the Sudan
- Ms. Bineta Diop, Executive Director, Femmes Africa Solidarité
- Ms. Véronique Arnault, Director of Multilateral Relations and Human Rights, Directorate‐General for External Relations, European Commission

  • The way ahead: a remark from the October 2010 Presidency of the Security Council, by Maurice Peter Kagimu Kiwanuka, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Closing keynote address, by Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

The publication can be downloaded in English at: http://www.dcaf.ch/Publications/Publication-Detail?lng=en&id=130768

 


 

Happy Nowruz:

 


 

Call for Papers for a Conference on:

Women’s empowerment in Persian speaking countries and communities: Contribution of education, employment and entrepreneurship

Organized by:

Persian and Persianate Gender Network (PGN) and the Center for Arab Women Training and Research (CAWTAR) in partnership with the Iranian International Economic Association.


Date:

September 9-11, 2011

Location:

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

Please submit your abstract to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by April 30, 2011. Read More

 


 

 

  Women in Power and Decision Making

UNIFEM along with other UN partners and WomenWatch, a project of the inter-agency Network on Women and Gender Equality, organized an online discussion to discuss women in power and decision making to lead up to the 54th Commission on the Status of Women. This document summarizes the response of the online discussion. Read More

 


Happy International Women's Day


Women’s Economic Opportunity - A New Pilot

To gain a better understanding of the factors that influence women’s economic opportunity—and how countries have addressed them—the Economist Intelligence Unit constructed a pilot Women’s Economic Opportunity Index. The goal of this Index is to spur debate and research on the factors that affect women’s ability to access jobs and business opportunities. It is also intended to prompt improvements in policy and programmes that will encourage women’s participation in the workplace and thus create more productive economies overall. Working closely with a panel of experts and advisers, determinants of women’s economic opportunity in the formal sector were identified, from educational attainment to legal and regulatory restrictions. Gender-related data were collected and analyzed from a wide range of trusted international sources. Read More ...


Global Employment Trends 2011: The challenge of a jobs recovery

 

The annual Global Employment Trends (GET) report provides the latest global and regional estimates of employment and unemployment, employment by sector, vulnerable employment, labour productivity and working poverty, while also analysing country-level issues and trends in the labour market. Taking into account macroeconomic trends and forecasts, the GET includes a short-term outlook for labour markets around the world. Read More ...


Happy New Year Happy New Year

newyearrWhen the mid-night bell rings tonight...
Let it signify rebirth and new,
Let it signify light, peace and harmony,
Let it signify positive thoughts, words and deeds,
Let it signify good health and good fortune,
Let it signify happiness and success.

Wishing everyone a very...very...very prosperous 2011!


Save the Date

Please save the date for the next PGN Roundtable to be held on Friday 9 - Sunday 11 September 2011at SOAS, London, in conjunction with the IIEA conference. Details will be announced shortly.

 


The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics

This report is produced by the United Nations every five years, as called for in the Beijing Platform for Action.

It presents statistics and analysis on the status of women and men in the world, highlighting the current situation and changes over time. Analyses are based mainly on statistics from international and national statistical agencies. The report covers several broad policy areas – population and and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. Read more ...


Sky is not Limited - PGN Netherlands Roundtable

Watch a video report of the Persianate-societies Gender Network (PGN) Roundtable held at Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen, the Netherlands. Jointly hosted by the Tunis-based Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), The World Bank, and International Department of Nyenrode Business University, the Roundtable explored the power and potential of female entrepreneurship and leadership. Watch the Video ...


 

Brilliant Collaboration

conference_picsPersian Gender Network (PGN) joined forces with Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GEPRA), and Arabic Network for Gender and Development (ANGED) to present the Middle East Gender and Economic Symposium II: Translating Research into Action.

Co-sponsored by the World Bank, the Harris School, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the conference was held at the University of Chicago on October 16-19.

Understanding gender issues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region requires a range of somewhat unconventional perspectives, said Colm O’Muircheartaigh, the dean of the Harris School, to begin the conference. In this spirit, the opening panel featured Nobel laureates, leading scholars, and practitioners from a range of disciplines to discuss their work and how it might apply to MENA countries. To learn more please follow these links:

Conference Agenda

GERPA Research Handbook 2010

Steering and Advisory Committee Members



PGN Roundtable
The Sky is NOT the Limit: The Power of Female Entrepreneurship
June 25-27, 2010
Proceedings
Thirty scholars, experts, and practitioners travelled from across Europe to attend the first European Roundtable of the Persian-speaking and Persianate-societies Gender Network (PGN), held at Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen, the Netherlands. Jointly hosted by the Tunis-based Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), The World Bank, and International Department of Nyenrode Business University, the Roundtable explored the power and potential of female entrepreneurship and leadership.

PGN Netherlands Roundtable - June 25-27 2010

The Power of Female EntrepreneurshipJune 25-27, 2010 Proceedings. Thirty scholars, experts, and practitioners travelled from across Europe to attend the first European Roundtable of the Persian-speaking and Persianate-societies Gender Network (PGN), held at Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen, the Netherlands. Jointly hosted by the Tunis-based Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), The World Bank, and International Department of Nyenrode Business University, the Roundtable explored the power and potential of female entrepreneurship and leadership. Read More ...


Harvard Business Review -- "The Female Economy"

As a market, women represent a bigger opportunity than China and India combined. So why are companies doing such a poor job of serving them? Read More...



Roundtable of Experts: Annotated Bibliography"

The World Bank Economy of Care Research. Read more...



 

Harvard Business Review -

"The Battle for Female Talent in Emerging Markets"

To attract and retain well-educated, highly ambitious women in developing economies, companies must understand the societal challenges those women face. Read more...



 

Evidence for Action: Gender Equality and Economic Growth

By: The Chatham House, Vivid Economics

Gender equality is a critical component of societal progress. It reflects basic rights that do not need any economic justification. This is reflected in the explicit inclusion of gender-related development objectives in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Yet it is also the case that gender equality has broad and positive implications for economic and social development. Read More...



PGN Roundtable
The Sky is NOT the Limit: The Power of Female Entrepreneurship
June 25-27, 2010
Proceedings
Thirty scholars, experts, and practitioners travelled from across Europe to attend the first European Roundtable of the Persian-speaking and Persianate-societies Gender Network (PGN), held at Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen, the Netherlands. Jointly hosted by the Tunis-based Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), The World Bank, and International Department of Nyenrode Business University, the Roundtable explored the power and potential of female entrepreneurship and leadership.

The Gender Gap

By: Graciela Chichilnisky

The author explains the “gender gap” as a Nash equilibrium of a game with incomplete information about women’s work at home and in the marketplace. Expectations about women’s lower wages leads to the overutilization of women in the household, and this, in turn, leads to lower productivity and lower wages for women in the marketplace. The situation is rational but generally Pareto inferior.With logistic learning by doing, at high levels of skill there is a Pareto-superior equilibrium, where men and women share efforts equally at home and receive the same pay in the marketplace, firms enhance their profits, and there is more welfare at home. Inequity at home breeds inequity in the marketplace and, reciprocally, inequity in the marketplace leads to inequity at home, causing a persistent gender gap. Appropriate contracts may be needed to implement the superior solution, since generally governments do not intervene in family matters. Read More...

 



Gender and Green Governance

By: Bina Agarwal

Much has been written on gender inequality and how it affects fertility and mortality outcomes as well as economic outcomes. What is not well understood is the role of gender inequality, embedded in the behavior of the family, the market, and society, in mediating the impact of demographic processes on economic outcomes. This article reviews the empirical evidence on the possible economic impacts of gender inequalities that work by exacerbating demographic stresses associated with different demographic scenarios and reducing the prospects of gains when demographic conditions improve. It defines four demographic scenarios and discusses which public policies are more effective in each scenario in reducing the constraints that gender inequality imposes on poverty reduction. Read More ...



Gender, Poverty and Demography: An Overview

By: Mayra Buvinic, Monica Das Gupta, and Ursula Casabonne

Much has been written on gender inequality and how it affects fertility and mortality outcomes as well as economic outcomes. What is not well understood is the role of gender inequality, embedded in the behavior of the family, the market, and society, in mediating the impact of demographic processes on economic outcomes. This article reviews the empirical evidence on the possible economic impacts of gender inequalities that work by exacerbating demographic stresses associated with different demographic scenarios and reducing the prospects of gains when demographic conditions improve. It defines four demographic scenarios and discusses which public policies are more effective in each scenario in reducing the constraints that gender inequality imposes on poverty reduction Read More ...



گفتگوی رادیو زمانه با نادره شاملو مشاور ارشد بانک جهانی

 

نادره درباره‌ی روند شکل‌گیری این شبکه می‏‌گوید:

 

شبکه‏ی توانمندسازی اقتصادی زنان فارسی‏‌زبان در سال ۲۰۰۴ شکل گرفت. دلیل شکل‌گیری چنین شبکه‌ای این بود که بانک جهانی در سال ۲۰۰۲ یک شبکه‏ برای زنان عرب‏زبان تأسیس کرده بود که مرکز آن در تونس قرار داشت. کار این شبکه به خوبی پیش می‏رفت، ولی به دلایل گوناگون، ایران نمی‏توانست وارد آن بشود.

 

Read More ... این بود که تصمیم گرفتیم شبکه‏ای مانند شبکه‏ی زنان عرب‏زبان برای زنان فارسی‏زبان ایجاد کنیم

 



PGN Harvard Roundtable - November 2009

Seventy five participants from 17 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) gathered Nov. 17-20 at Harvard Kennedy School for a symposium dedicated to strengthening advocacy for gender equality in public policy in the MENA region.

The event, titled MENA Gender and Economics Symposium: Translating Research into Action, was co-sponsored by the Kennedy School's Middle East Initiative (MEI), the Center for Arab Women Training and Research (CAWTAR), and the World Bank. Read More ...

 


PGN Roundtable
The Sky is NOT the Limit: The Power of Female Entrepreneurship
June 25-27, 2010
Proceedings
Thirty scholars, experts, and practitioners travelled from across Europe to attend the first European Roundtable of the Persian-speaking and Persianate-societies Gender Network (PGN), held at Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen, the Netherlands. Jointly hosted by the Tunis-based Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), The World Bank, and International Department of Nyenrode Business University, the Roundtable explored the power and potential of female entrepreneurship and leadership.

 

Iranian Entrepreneurs


iium The Women's Council director in the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (TCCIM) stated that "an agreement had been signed between an Iranian businesswoman and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). To read more please click here. Read more ...


 


PGN Roundtable
The Sky is NOT the Limit: The Power of Female Entrepreneurship
June 25-27, 2010
Proceedings
Thirty scholars, experts, and practitioners travelled from across Europe to attend the first European Roundtable of the Persian-speaking and Persianate-societies Gender Network (PGN), held at Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen, the Netherlands. Jointly hosted by the Tunis-based Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), The World Bank, and International Department of Nyenrode Business University, the Roundtable explored the power and potential of female entrepreneurship and leadership.

 

Beijing at 15 - Online Discussion


Online Discussion on Women and the Economy that took place on November 18th to December 16th 2009 was moderated by the World Bank. Read more ...



The Global Gender Gap Report 2009

The Global Gender Gap Report, which was first published in 2006, states "two thirds of the 115 countries surveyed have posted gains in overall index scores. This indicates that the world in general has made progress towards equality between men and women, although there are countries that continue to lose ground." Read more ...




Gender Gap in Mathematics

In a report for the National Bureau for Economic Research, Roland G. Fryer, Jr, and Steven D. Levitt wrote: "We document and analyze the emergence of a substantial gender gap in mathematics in the early years of schooling. Moving to cross-country comparisons, we find that earlier results linking the gender gap in math to measures of gender equality are sensitive to the inclusion of Muslim countries, where in spite of women's low status, there is little or no gender gap in math." Read more ...