I stand with La Pietra Coalition to request from you a broad-based commitment to the financial inclusion of women at all levels of finance and development. Increasing women’s economic opportunities will not only help alleviate poverty, but also foster greater economic growth for nations and communities.
To this end, along with La Pietra Coalition, I ask you and your national governments to broaden the work launched at your Pittsburgh and Seoul Summits regarding financial inclusion. Now is the time for you to recognize the critical role that women play in the global economy. Ensure that women have greater access to: finance, markets, ownership of land and property, and education and training.
To achieve these goals, you must:
Ensure that the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion include a seat for representation of women.
Urge Central Banks and other national financial authorities to develop methods for the collection and dissemination of gender-disaggregated data.
Commission a polling survey on access to finance to determine reasons why women are unbanked.
Call for incentives and specific goals for increased procurement by your go vernments of goods and services from women-owned enterprises.
Identify critical and actionable limitations to implementing existing laws that could protect women’s property rights.
Encourage national level policies that leverage women’s property rights for increased agricultural productivity and incomes for women farmers.
We have come together out of a common conviction and commitment that women’s equal economic participation is a necessity for the common good. We recognize that women’s full contribution in the economy is the only way that societies will develop and prosper.