Increasing Women’s Financial Protection – What Can Insurance Do?

A publication providing answers will be launched at a side event of the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings

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Globally, women are earning more and have greater control over their assets than ever before. Yet, they still have fewer opportunities than men to protect themselves and their families against financial risks. In order for this to change, women need better access to insurance – but how can this be achieved?

The new publication Mainstreaming Gender and Targeting Women in Inclusive Insurance: Perspectives and Emerging Lessons aims to answer this question. This report was jointly produced by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), GIZ’s Sector Initiatives Social Protection and Global Initiative for Access to Insurance on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Women’s World Banking, in collaboration with the Access to Insurance Initiative and the Self-Employed Women’s Association.

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The compendium provides articles and case studies from developing countries and emerging economies on the state and potential of gender mainstreaming and of targeting women with inclusive insurance. In addition, it takes a closer look at the respective roles which the insurance industry, governments and other stakeholders can play in order to increase women’s financial and social protection.

The partners will launch the publication during a side event in the context of this year’s Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the IMF, entitled ‘Increasing Women’s Financial Protection – What Can Insurance Do?’. It will take place on 20 April in Washington D.C., hosted by IFC, Women’s World Banking and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of BMZ.

Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor of ‘The Atlantic’ will moderate the session. Panelists include Sarah Fountain Smith, Assistant Deputy Minister of Global Affairs Canada, Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President New Business of IFC, and Volker Hey representing BMZ (Unit 114).

You can follow the event as a livestream on Thursday, April 19 2017, at 4pm CEST.

To find out more about the key findings and recommendations of the compendium, please visit:

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