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Paula Tavares

Senior Legal and Gender Specialist

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Senior legal and gender specialist with over 15 years of experience in international development and comparative analysis focusing on gender equality, women’s economic inclusion, and private sector development. Her work with the World Bank Group’s Business Regulations for Gender Equity & Women, Business and the Law advisory focuses on promoting gender-informed policy-making, improving the legal framework protecting women from discrimination and gender-based violence, and enhancing women’s economic opportunities. Her prior experience includes working with government multilateral trade agreements, private sector initiatives, and non-governmental organizations. Paula is fluent in English, French, Portuguese (native), and Spanish and has extensive experience working in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Paula is a Brazilian lawyer and holds a master’s degree (LL.M.) in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center and a specialization in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, Brazil.