Why the Economic Response to COVID-19 Needs to Be Financially Inclusive and Gender Sensitive

Steps policymakers and regulators can take to advance women’s financial inclusion

The Special Report highlights key gender-related issues facing society during the COVID-19 pandemic and some of the specific gender-sensitive financial inclusion responses that policymakers can undertake to ensure their mitigation and recovery activities are fully inclusive and work towards the network’s commitments in the Denarau Action Plan.

The report presents a broader overview of the gendered nature of COVID-19 and how it disproportionately affects women and girls’ opportunities to be financially included. The report also expands on how women’s financial inclusion can be an enabler in both the mitigation and recovery phases. Finally, the report also presents five pillars or policy themes that can act as buckets for policymakers to focus on.

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