January 13, 2011 Seminar: The Role of Women in Fostering Economic Development

Pierella Paci, Sector Manager, Gender and Development, World Bank
Carol Graham, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. (Refreshments 5:45 p.m.)
Conference room 483, Congressional Budget Office
2nd & D Streets, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20515
(Metro: Federal Center Station)

Light refreshments will be served. The seminar is free, but please E-mail Melvyn Sacks at MelSacks@verizon.net for reservations.

In many developing countries, women are not achieving their full economic potential, resulting in diminished economic development. In these regions, cultural pressures often influence women to marry in their teens, abandon school, and endure menial work. They have neither the education nor encouragement to help in their country’s productivity or to better their own living conditions. These vicious circles are often reinforced by strong social norms which are difficult to change.

Tonight we will explore how women in these regions can improve their status, whether through changes in cultural norms, introduction of micro-loans, economic and political policies, or foreign assistance. We will also consider how economic development can be enhanced if women can become fully productive members of society. The potential of new methods to enhance our understanding of these issues will also be a topic of discussion.