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Women at Work: Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities

Event Date: 
Oct 10, 2018
9:00 am to 10:30 am EDT


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.  

Join us in-person in Washington, D.C. or online on October 10th to hear from report author Lis Meyers of Nathan Associates. Kenana Amin of USAID's Mission in Jordan will also speak to the challenges in the Jordanian context and their experience in bringing change to relevant Jordanian laws and public attitudes.

Click here to read the report. 


Headshot of Lis Meyers

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.

She recently undertook research for USAID on legal and regulatory barriers that affect women’s wage employment. The report includes analysis to understand how policies and regulations limit or enable women to enter, remain, and advance in the workforce, including restricting employment of women, requiring occupational licenses, addressing employment discrimination, prohibiting and addressing sexual harassment, and enabling parents to work.

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.

Headshot of Kenana Amin

Kenana Amin is a senior specialist with the USAID/Jordan Program Office.

She currently serves as the Gender Team Leader as well as the Team Leader for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Project Design teams. In her 20 years with USAID/Jordan, Kenana has played a key role in a variety of areas, including strategy development, gender equality, participant training, outreach and communication, performance monitoring and evaluation and project design.

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