FINCA Impact Finance International Women’s Day Panel 2020


Can access to finance lead to women’s political empowerment?

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Andrée Simon, President and CEO of FINCA Impact Finance. The panel discussion, which will be followed by a networking event,  is open to the public and free to attend.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020  | 5:30 – 7:30 pm (panel + Q&A) 7:30 – 8:30 pm (networking event)

Venue: FINCA Impact Finance, 1201 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005

Panelists: Gayatri Patel, Director of Gender Advocacy at CARE USA, Caroline Hubbard, Senior Advisor for Gender, Women and Democracy at NDI and Shamarukh Mohiuddin, Principal Associate at Nathan Associates specializing in private sector development and engagement.

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Event details: Despite the great strides being made globally towards gender equality, the full economic and political empowerment of women remains elusive. Men still outnumber women in decision-making roles and vastly outnumber women in legislatures around the world.

To address this problem, some believe that empowering women politically should start with providing women access to finance and eliminating the underlying economic barriers that keep women on the sidelines in the first place.

Yet even as access to financial services has increased around the world, it has not yielded the transformative impact on women’s lives many hoped for. How can we disrupt this status quo?

Does providing women access to finance play an effective enough role in empowering women politically or is there another way forward? This session will explore the rich and complicated relationship between women’s access to finance and the impact it has on women’s political empowerment.

The event is open to the public and free to attend.


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