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Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria: Breaking Biases to Bridge the Gender Gap

March 07, 2022

To mark International Women’s Day 2022, RPA’s Gender Center of Excellence hosted a webinar on Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria. This event was in collaboration with key partners, namely: Central Bank of Nigeria-FIDU, EFInA, Lagos Business School and Women’s World Banking. The webinar provided opportunity to reflect on gains made in advancing the women’s financial inclusion agenda and identify promising or proven strategies that can be adopted to #BreakTheBias to accelerate progress and eliminate the gender gap in access to financial services in Nigeria.

Speakers included:

Dr. Paul Oluikpe, Head of the Financial Inclusion Delivery Unit (FIDU), Central Bank of Nigeria
Professor Olayinka David-West, Associate Dean, Lagos Business School
Mr. Emezino “Zino” Daniel Afiegbe, Senior Relationship Manager, Women’s World Banking
Ashley Immanuel, Chief Executive Officer, EFInA (Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access)
Loise Maina, Gender Lead, Nigeria, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Panelists reflected on the impact of gender biases, the current state of financial inclusion for women in Nigeria, and how things might change in the future. The speakers agreed that the inclusion of women in the financial system can only serve to strengthen the Nigerian and global economies. They offered suggestions on how to break gender biases, including personal reflection and increased representation.

View the recording here or click the image below of the speakers with the IWD 2022 #BreakTheBias symbol:

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