Three Actions to Expand Women’s Financial Inclusion in the Midst of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and disproportionately impact women globally, it’s crucial to prioritize digital financial inclusion for women. Elevating digital finance, such as digitizing G2P payments, closing the gender gap in mobile phone ownership, and customizing financial products to the needs of women will require a concerted effort on the part of governments, businesses and the financial services industry.

International Women's Forum member Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO of Women’s World Banking, shares three key points for expanding women’s financial inclusion in response to the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

  1. Digitize government benefits payments.
  2. End the gender gap in mobile phone ownership.
  3. Design appropriate and affordable financial products for women.