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Understanding Women and Migration: A Literature Review

Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) and Development Indicators Group (DECIG) cordially invite you to a seminar

Understanding Women and Migration: A Literature Review

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Venue: MC C1-100


Anjali Fleury, Consultant, World Bank Group


Benedicte de la Briere, Lead Economist, Gender, World Bank Group

David W. Yang,  Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID


Lisa McGowan, Senior Specialist for Gender Equality, Solidarity Center

Rosemary Vargas-Lundius, Chair, KNOMAD Cross-Cutting Theme Gender

Understanding the intricacies of gender and migration can result in programs and policies that enhance the benefits and decrease the economic and social costs for female migrants, who make up half of the global migrant population.This report provides a comprehensive assessment of gender and migration literature, finding that migration can improve the autonomy, human capital, and self-esteem of women, as well as boosting their authority and perceived value in families and communities.Migration can also advance more equitable social norms and improve women’s rights and access to resources, despite some notable constraints such as restrictive social norms or laws, gender and racial discrimination, and gender-specific vulnerabilities.


Full version of KNOMAD’s Working Paper 8.


External participants, please contact: Irma Carrasquero (email: icarrasquero@worldbank.org) to RSVP and request a visitor’s pass.

Please contact knomad@worldbank.org or migrationandremittances@worldbank.org with questions or comments

Refreshments will be served.

***ALSO: Call for Papers: Forced displacement and gender issues

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Launch of new World Bank Gender Data Portal


The World Bank Group relaunched its popular Gender Data Portal, comprising current and historical data on topics ranging from health and education to jobs, assets, and political participation—all broken down by sex.

The Bank Group is also launching its Little Data Book on Gender 2016 alongside new online tables—to be updated quarterly—linked to the latest World Development Indicators, making it easier than ever to see how women and men are faring across a range of global indicators.

In addition to standard demographic and economic information, new indicators include the percentage in a given economy of businesses with female ownership or top management, percentage of men and women holding mobile phone accounts, percentage of men and women who saved any money over the preceding year, and proportion of women in ministerial-level government posts.

Continue reading the article here.

Four charts from the new portal highlight gender gaps that need to be closed: These focus on improving human endowments, through better access to health, education, and social protection; opening up more and better jobs by tackling issues such as skills gaps and care arrangements; expanding women’s access to and control over assets;  and enhancing women’s voice and agency, meaning their ability to make themselves heard and exert control over key aspects of their own lives.


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Launch of UN Women flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

The World Bank Group Gender Group and UN Women invite you to

UN Women’s Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016

 Thursday, October 1, 2015

Room MC 4-800, 1818 H St NW



This event will be livestreamed here

Please join the WBG Gender Group at the Washington DC launch of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. This report draws on promising experiences from around the world, proposing a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors-including gender equality advocates, national governments, and international agencies-to make human rights a lived reality for all women and girls. A frequent WBG partner on a range of issues, UN Women has released this report at a pivotal moment for global development, 20 years after the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and ahead of the adoption of new global Sustainable Development Goals.

Progress of the World’s Women finds that despite some significant advances toward gender equality, persistent gaps between males and females remain-hindering efforts to end poverty and preventing individuals and economies alike from achieving their full potential. Embedded in a framework of substantive equality, the report focuses on three interrelated challenges: transforming paid and unpaid work for women’s rights; making social policy work for women; and creating an enabling macroeconomic environment.


Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, The World Bank Group


Shahrashoub Razavi, Chief, Research and Data, UN Women

James Heintz, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, Associate Director of Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amhurst


Samuel Otoo, Economic Adviser, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender CCSA, is an internationally recognized expert on gender issues in development. Prior to joining the Bank, she was Economist-In-Residence and co-director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University (AU) in Washington, DC. In 2013-2014, she led the UNU-WIDER program on aid effectiveness and gender equality. During 2011-2013 she served as Senior Gender Advisor and Acting Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she crafted the Agency’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy and led efforts to implement it in systems and programs.

Shahra Razavim is the Chief of the Research & Data Section at UN Women. Her research and publications have been on gender dimensions of development, with a focus on agrarian issues, social policy and the care economy. Since January 2013 when she joined UN Women, Shahra has overseen the research on two of UN Women’s flagship reports, Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 (Transforming the Economy, Realizing Rights) and the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014 (Gender Equality and Sustainable Development).   Before joining UN Women, Shahra was a senior researcher at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva. Her recent publications include Seen, Heard and Counted: Rethinking Care in a Development Context (special issue of Development and Change, 2011) and Gendered Impacts of Liberalization (Routledge, 2009). Shahra grew up in Iran, and obtained her Bachelors from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and her Masters and PhD (D.Phil.) from Oxford University.

James Heintz is Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics and Associate Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  His current work focuses on employment policy; economics and human rights; informal and atypical employment; macroeconomic policies for sub-Saharan Africa; and the links between economic policies and distributive outcomes, including race and gender dimensions.

Samuel Otoo is Economic Adviser in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice. A macro-economist by training, Samuel has extensive and diverse leadership experience with economic policy, public sector management and capacity development issues in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the Pacific. He has held managerial and senior technical positions across the operational and knowledge complexes of the World Bank, including Sector Manager for Economic Policy in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, and Manager of the Global Governance Programs and Capacity Development and Results units of the World Bank Institute.

A light lunch will be provided.

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Consultant opportunity with World Bank Gender Innovation Lab

The World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab seeks a Short Term Consultant (STC) to produce a gender-disaggregated cross-country analysis of well-being using the new Listening to Africa (L2A) survey.

The STC will be responsible to produce a gender-disaggregated cross-country analysis of well-being using the new Listening to Africa (L2A) survey. The L2A uses mobile phone technologies to collect high-frequency household panel data on a wide range of topics including education, health, labor, housing, assets, electricity and transport, consumption, nutrition and food security, security and violence, subjective well-being, agriculture, shocks and coping strategies, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene. L2A surveys are currently being implemented in Madagascar, Malawi, Togo (Lome), Senegal and Tanzania.

Findings from this research will be published as a WB-GIL report, which seeks to allow better understanding of gender disparities in Africa as well as of what can be done to address them.

About the Gender Innovation Lab: 

The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) supports rigorous research to build the evidence base for effective gender policies. The impact objective of the Gender Innovation Lab is to increase governments’ and the private sector’s take-up of effective policies that address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, particularly by promoting growth through women’s economic and social empowerment.

Read the full Terms of Reference here: L2A Survey STC_GIL

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World Bank Group Gender Strategy Consultations – Call for Input

Towards a World Bank Group Gender Strategy

The World Bank Group is preparing a new gender strategy, which is expected to be finalized and discussed by the Board of Executive Directors later this year. In developing the strategy, we will consult with stakeholders worldwide from mid-April to mid July 2015. To see the consultation plan, click here.

The strategy is being developed to reflect fundamental changes in the world and at the World Bank Group and to respond to accumulating evidence on what works to close gender gaps.  The previous World Bank strategy on gender, adopted in 2001, emphasized gender equality as an issue of development effectiveness and laid the basis for integrating gender into the Bank’s policy dialogue, analytic work, and operations.  A renewed strategy on gender equality will address how the World Bank Group can support client countries and companies to achieve greater gender equality as a key pathway to ensure lasting poverty reduction and shared prosperity.  We envision a strategy that is operational, with stronger emphasis on results in client countries and in our work with private sector clients– results that close key gender gaps and enhance women’s voice and agency.

Concept Note, discussed by our Board of Executive Directors on April 8, outlines a framework for a renewed gender strategy and serves as a basis for discussion during the consultative process. The strategy seeks to build on past achievements and raise the bar on gender equality by focusing on practical approaches the public and private sectors can take to reduce the differential constraints for poor women and men in economic opportunity and empowering women and girls to achieve their full potential. Removing the unique constraints that hold back women and girls, and including in the equation men and boys is a game-changer in tackling poverty and encouraging shared prosperity.

Through the consultations, from mid-April through mid-July 2015, we are seeking stakeholders’ input on country and regional perspectives, global lessons learned and good practices to reduce key gender gaps.

To share your input click here. To share examples and case studies of solutions and approaches that have helped close gender gaps, send them to genderconsultations@worldbankgroup.org.


The consultation process seeks stakeholders input through a combination of country based face-to-face meetings, and this multilingual online platform. Inputs are solicited from a diverse group of stakeholders, both specific individuals, groups and parties, and open to all interested in contributing. Information on face-to-face meetings are published as dates are confirmed. Agendas, participant lists and feedback summaries are published after the meeting has taken place. Stakeholders are also welcome to submit their input online by clicking here.

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Debate: Economics or Politics: Which Drives Women’s Empowerment?

A debate hosted by the National Democratic Institute and Women, Business, and the Law (World Bank)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Room I 2-250, World Bank Group I Building, 1850 I St NW


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Irene Khan (Economic Empowerment) is Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). The first woman to hold this office, she was elected by Member Parties in November 2011 and took up her position in January 2012 for a term of four years. She is an internationally known expert and activist on human rights and gender issues. From 2001-2009, she served as Secretary General of Amnesty International, where she was the first woman, Asian, and Muslim to head the world’s largest human rights organization. Under her leadership Amnesty launched its first global campaign on women and girls (Stop Violence Against Women). Prior to joining Amnesty International, she worked with the UN High Commissioner High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years including in senior leadership positions at headquarters and various field operations around the world. She is Chancellor of Salford University and a board member of the Charity Commission of England and Wales. She studied law at the University of Manchester, UK and Harvard Law School USA. She is the author of The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights, which has been translated into six languages.

Professor Linda Scott (Economic Empowerment) is DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is best known for devising the concept of the Double X Economy — which denotes the global economy of women in the developed and developing world and the roles of women not only as consumers but as investors, donors, and workers. She writes a blog called “The Double X Economy” and blogs for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek on gender issues. She is founder of Power Shift, the Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy and serves on the Access to Markets subcommittee of the International Business Women’s Leadership Council of the US State Department. She is currently leading a global initiative to add women’s financial inclusion to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Shari Bryan (Political Empowerment) is Vice President of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). She served previously as Senior Associate and Regional Director of the Institute’s democratic development programs in Southern and East Africa from 2001-2008 and has overseen the expansion of NDI programs in the region with the establishment of seven permanent offices, which support political, civic, and governance development throughout the continent. She has traveled to and worked in more than 22 countries in Africa, organized election observation missions around the region, and provided training in the skills necessary for political candidates, government officials, and voters to participate in democratic life. She is a guest and commentator for major media and presented papers before a variety of international organizations. Her publications include Money in Politics A Study of Party Financing Practices in 22 Countries and Transparency and Accountability in Africa’s Extractive Industries: The Role of the Legislature.


Sandra Pepera (Political Empowerment) is a career diplomat and international development professional. Before joining NDI as Director for Gender, Women, and Democracy, she spent 13 years as a senior officer at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), where she led programs in the Caribbean, Rwanda, Burundi, and Sudan. Prior to joining DFID, she spent time in British domestic politics, lectured in political science and international relations at the University of Ghana, and served as a political analyst in the Political Affairs Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Her skills include strategy development, political and risk analysis, diplomacy, general management, and corporate governance. Much of her career has been spent working in or on transitional economies, focusing on building resilient and inclusive institutions.She is a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Leaders Network, the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Global Board Ready Women initiative, and the International Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Journal for International Affairs.

Joanne Levine (Moderator) is an Emmy Award-winning international journalist and foreign policy expert. She recently became Executive Director of Al Jazeera America.

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Event: Moroccan Women, Activists, and Gender Politics: An Institutional Analysis

World Bank Gender Group CCSA is organizing an event, “Moroccan Women, Activists, and Gender Politics: An Institutional Analysis,” Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:00pm-1:30pm at the World Bank, J 9-044, 701 18th St NW

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Eve Sandberg will discuss “Overcoming Political and Cultural Constraints: Successful Women’s Organizing in the Moroccan Case” based on her book with Kenza Aqertit, Moroccan Women, Activists and Gender Politics: An Institutional Analysis.

Using both feminist and institutionalist approaches, Sandberg and Aqertit explore how, in twenty-five years, Moroccan women activists altered their national gender institution to improve substantially the lives of all Moroccan women. Sandberg and Aqertit operationalize and offer an institutional template for studying change in national gender institutions that can be adopted by practitioners and scholars in other country settings.

Chair: Lucia Hanmer, Lead Economist, Gender Cross-Cutting Solution Area

Discussants: Najat Yamouri, Senior Social Development Specialist, Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice and Samia Melhem, Lead Specialist, Transport and ICT Global Practice