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.


Examples of What We Do:

BLC Bank - Lebanon: Leading in Banking on Women - A Study

Success Stories Highlight Women’s Day Event in Tunisia

Giving Women a Business Edge

From the Ground Up

Women Entrepreneurs - Opening Access, Increasing Opportunity

Stories and Resources:

Banking on Women in Tunisia

Infographic: MENA's Gender Divide

Five Economic Reasons to Ender Gender Discrimination in MENA