Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, discusses legal and regulatory disparities in access to and usage of formal financial institutions and highlight how well designed digital tools can promote the financial inclusion of women.
Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering October 26 to November 2, was compiled with support from Rebecca Turkington and Ao Yin.
Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This piece is authored by Henriette Kolb, Manager, Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Barriers to women's economic participation persist in every region of the world. Nations need to do more to level the legal playing field for women and ensure that women have the right to compete fairly in the economy—which will lead to significant gains.
Access to a bank account is transforming women's lives and boosting economies from Nigeria to Tanzania to Vietnam. Close to a billion women around the world can, if given the chance — and the financial services — contribute to their families' prosperity and their countries' growth.
Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP—yet most countries still have laws that make it harder for women to work than men. Two new CFR interactive reports explore barriers and opportunities for women's workforce participation.
Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. This interview features Jacob Lew, partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC and former U.S. secretary of the treasury. Lew previously served as White House chief of staff, director of the office of management and budget, and deputy secretary of state for management and resources.
On International Day of the Girl, we celebrate Roya Mahboob, Afghanistan's first female tech CEO. Roya works to open doors for the next generation of women leaders in STEM through mentoring, coaching the Afghan Girls' Robotics Team, and her non-profit, Digital Citizens Fund.
Nigeria’s working women deserve better legal protection – just as laws across the world that make it harder for women to work than men are holding back economic progress. Companies will profit from promoting legal reforms to boost women’s participation in the economy.