Women at Work: Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities
McKinsey & Company estimates that if women could work for income in exactly the way men do, the global gross domestic product would increase by 26 percent between 2015 and 2025. To unlock that productivity, USAID's Trade & Regulatory Reform office commissioned research on legal and regulatory barriers that adversely affect women’s access to wage employment, as well as examples of solutions in USAID host countries. This research examines how laws and regulations in developing and transitional countries limit or enable women to enter, remain and advance in the formal sector workforce. Nathan Associates published the findings in a report, Women's Wage Employment in Developing Countries: Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities. Access the full report in the sidebar.
On October 10th, 2018, Marketlinks heard from report author Lis Meyers of Nathan Associates and Kenana Amin of USAID's Mission in Jordan, who spoke to the challenges in the Jordanian context.
Michelle Bekkering joined USAID in July 2017 and serves as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). Concurrently, Ms.
In February 2018, USAID Administrator Mark Green named the Honorable Ana M. Guevara the Senior Advisor for Trade and Economic Growth. Ms.
Kenana Amin is a senior specialist with the USAID/Jordan Program Office.
Ms. Meyers is a Managing Associate at Nathan Associates, where she leads gender and women’s economic empowerment programing across Nathan’s portfolio of international projects.
With over a decade of expertise in gender integration work across sectors, Ms. Meyers has led research on women’s role in cross border trade, addressing social norms in women’s financial inclusion, child, early, and forced marriage, and the potential of impact sourcing to generate employment opportunities for vulnerable populations. Ms. Meyers facilitates the SEEP Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group and chaired the Technical Advisory Committee for the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. She is also an experienced trainer and has facilitated gender integration trainings in the U.K. and across Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Persuasive Communication workshops for women entrepreneurs and workers. She has a BA from Brown University and an MSc with Distinction from The London School of Economics.