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CFR Roundtable Discussion With World Bank General Counsel Highlights Connection Between Gender-Based Violence, Economic Development

Council on Foreign Relations: Gender-Based Violence and the Economy: A Conversation with World Bank Group General Counsel Sandie Okoro
Catherine Powell, adjunct senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and professor at Fordham Law School, highlights a recent CFR roundtable where Sandie Okoroa, the World Bank Group’s general counsel, discussed “gender-based violence as part and parcel of economic development.” Powell notes, “The bank has drawn a connection between women’s empowerment and economic development, because research shows promoting gender equality is linked to prosperity and, therefore, ‘smart economics'” (5/9).