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Women, Business and the Law 2023: Findings and Reform Efforts in the Middle East

Date & Time

May. 9, 2023
12:00pm – 1:30pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


The World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2023 report is the ninth annual report that analyzes laws and regulations affecting women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies. The Women, Business and the Law report measures explicit discrimination in the law, legal rights, and the provision of certain benefits that affect women as they move through their professional lives. It covers eight related areas: Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entrepreneurship, Assets, and Pension. Whether a 25-year-old starting her first job, a mother balancing work with caring for her children, or a woman preparing for retirement, the eight indicators show the ways in which laws affect women throughout their working lives.

This year, the report also includes research on 52 years of reforms for women’s rights and economic empowerment. This event convened leaders and gender experts from the Middle East and Washington, D.C. to analyze the report findings and discuss how to address existing barriers to women’s economic empowerment.


Sheikha Deena Al Khalifa

Sheikha Deena Al Khalifa

Assistant Secretary-General, Supreme Council for Women of Bahrain
Roberta Gatti

Roberta Gatti

Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank
Tea Trumbic

Tea Trumbic

Manager of the Women, Business and the Law Project, World Bank
Merissa Khurma

Merissa Khurma

Director, Middle East Program
Yasmin Kayali

Yasmin Kayali

Social Impact Leader; Co-Founder, Basmeh & Zeitooneh

Keynote Speaker

Rachel Vogelstein

Rachel Vogelstein

Special Assistant to the President, Gender Policy Council; NSC Special Advisor on Gender, The White House

Hosted By

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

Middle East Women's Initiative

The Middle East Women's Initiative (MEWI) promotes the empowerment of women in the region through an open and inclusive dialogue with women leaders from the Middle East and continuous research.  Read more

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