Leveraging digital finance for gender equality and women’s empowerment

Authors/editor(s): Hélène Molinier (author), Andy Quan (editor)

For women and girls, the digital revolution represents one of the biggest opportunities and threats to gender equality. In recognition of this critical dichotomy, the UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals has selected gender as one of the main themes of its work. UN Women and its Executive Director, who is one of the 16 members of the Task Force, is committed to supporting the Task Force to further explore the different impacts of the existing digital financial ecosystem through a gender lens

This working paper is based on initial discussions with and between Task Force members, technical experts, practitioners, innovators, and other stakeholders, as well as on a review of available literature. The paper provides a basis to review the barriers, risks, and opportunities related to gender and the accessibility and utilization of digital finance, and to help identify pathways that could be leveraged for potential impactful investment returns for women.

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Geographic coverage: Africa; Arab States/North Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean

Subject area(s): 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Economic empowerment; Financing for gender equality; Gender equality and inequality; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Governance and national planning; Innovation and technology; Science and technology for development

Resource type: Case studies; Discussion papers

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2019

Number of pages: 54

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)