Despite progress in recent years, women still don’t enjoy the same economic opportunities as men in the Middle East and North Africa. Just a quarter of women work outside the home, female entrepreneurs struggle to secure loans for their business, and workplace discrimination remains common.
On an economic level, that represents a tremendous missed opportunity for the region. Women have the potential drive economic growth and spur job creation, whether they’re opening businesses or occupying a leadership role.
IFC works with partners in the private sector to level the gender playing field across MENA. Through a combination of investments and advisory services, we help channel small business loans to women, provide training to female entrepreneurs, and expand access to vital financial services, like bank accounts.