Around the world women are disproportionately impacted by the COVID financial crisis. Worse, women who are poor and marginalized face a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission, loss of livelihood, and increased violence. As a result of the pandemic, more women are being pushed into extreme poverty than men.

Women tend to earn less, have smaller savings, and make up the majority of single-parent households. In addition, women are more represented in the informal economy, have less access to social protections, are more likely to perform unpaid care and domestic work, and have been dropping out of the labor force at unprecedented levels.

There is an opportunity to leverage technology to help put women on a path to financial security and resilience, such as helping women establish a digital footprint and helping women gain access to safe and affordable lending.

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Blog: Power of empowerment: Takeaways from Swanari TechSprint

AIR was a partner with India's Reserve Bank Innovation Hub on a tech competition and ideas forum exploring digital financial services solutions for women's economic advancement.

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Podcast: Taking Regulatory innovation to a new level: Rajesh Bansal, CEO of the Reserve Bank of India Innovation Hub

Jo Ann’s guest today is one of the world’s leading innovators in the effort to make the financial system more equitable in India. Rajesh Bansal is the CEO of the Reserve Bank of India’s Innovation Hub. In April, AIR worked with the RBIH and other partners on the Swanari TechSprint, named for the Hindi word meaning “self-reliant lady.” On this episode, Rajesh shares a perspective that is fascinating on so many dimensions.

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Podcast: Challenger Banker: Starling Bank CEO Anne Boden

There are a lot of very rare things about Jo Ann’s guest today, Anne Boden. We did an episode with Anne in 2018, and Jo Ann wanted to talk with her again to get an update, and also to get her insights on how the world has changed since then. Spoiler: it’s changed a whole lot.

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Swanari (स्व-नारी) TechSprint

April 18-22, 2022

The Reserve Bank of India Innovation Hub (RBIH) is hosting this upcoming global TechSprint in partnership with AIR, CIIE.CO and MSC aimed at advancing digital financial inclusion for women in India.

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Women's Economic Empowerment TechSprint

March 22-25, 2021

AIR partnered with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to jointly host a global TechSprint to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women.

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Women's Economic Empowerment Conference

March 22-25, 2021

AIR and the FCA hosted a conference to run alongside the global TechSprint. The Conference highlighted female talent throughout the financial services, regulatory, and technology sectors, as well as the leaders and champions who advocate for vulnerable women every day.

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