Too often, women's private-sector participation is under-valued. Integrating women better into business operations can increase companies’ profitability and contribute significantly to shared prosperity. However, women have less access to equal employment opportunities and capital to grow their businesses, experience high levels of sexual violence, are often barred from owning or inheriting land or other property, and have less income to invest for the future.
IFC and its partners are addressing these challenges by working with clients to ensure that women and men can equally participate in creating business value and secure influence and income for themselves. When men and women alike are allowed to make decisions, pursue employment, entrepreneurship, and leadership, societies can reach their economic potential (PDF).