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Women access to digital finance

Sahera Sumar is the epitome of what a global citizen represents. Having travelled to over 25 countries and delivered programs to diverse industries, sectors and cultures, Sumar has become a beacon of strength, knowledge and hope for women all over the world.

Equipped with her passion for capacity building and her expertise in leadership, talent and organisational development, Sumar is set to embark on her next big project.

The project; Worldwide SHEroes, will see successful global leaders engage, empower, enable and mentor women leaders; sculpting them into women who are admired or idealised for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Worldwide SHEroes will provide women around the world with a global network of mentors and leaders who will share their collective wisdom. The goal of the platform is to accelerate the journey of women into positions of leadership and influence while at the same time improving their economic equity …

Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s Choice for Vice President is the first black woman to be nominated for the national office by a major party.

Her victory could usher more Black women and people of colour into politics and this could inspire more African women to aim for bigger and more powerful positions even on the international organization’s front.

Kamala Harris

Just recently, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture Amina Mohamed was fronted as a candidate for the Post of Director General of the World Trade Organization. Ms Mohamed however did not get picked but two women, one from Nigeria and another from Korea are still in the running for the position.

Therefore, the 7th Director General will be either Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria or Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea.

Black women have been rising to power over the last decade, seeing quite a number …

Since the September 1995 United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, one would think that the world would have achieved gender parity in all areas and sectors.

However, while there have been important gains over the years, there are still areas that need more work and revised strategies to reduce the gap and meet the target.

Following the world largest global gathering on gender equality in Beijing, China, 25 years ago, member states agreed that the meeting would be a basis for “comprehensive and transformative agenda for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”

A recent report: Gender Equality: Women’s Rights in Review 25 years after Beijing aimed at taking stock of progress has concluded that the implementation has flopped short of the initial potential.

The review by the United Nations Women (UN Women), notes that although the last 25 years have recorded growth in some areas…

A new tool to track the level of lending to women across the continent is in the offing.

According to the African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, the new tool is important for ensuring women get the critical financial help they need.

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor shows how the female entrepreneurship continues on upward trend globally.

Among the 63 economies surveyed in both this and the last report produced in 2015, GEM found that Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) among women increased by 10 per cent, and the gender gap (ratio of women to men participating in entrepreneurship) narrowed by 5 per cent. These same economies show an 8 per cent increase in women’s ownership of established businesses.

The Women’s Financing Index, currently under development, will rate banks and financial institutions who apply for loans from the African Development Bank, against the amounts they have lent or are lending to women, Adesina …