Dr. Harmgart led the discussion, reiterating the importance of understanding women’s lifecycle needs and how policymakers need to use the same framework to understand barriers to women’s financial access and use when developing policies. She centered the discussion on three priority segments, with a further focus on the lifecycle needs of each: unbanked women, refugees and women MSME owners. Discussants outlined some of the challenges that women in these segments face in Jordan and Lebanon and key policy initiatives to try to tackle them.
Facilitator: DR. HEIKE HARMGART Director, Regional Head of Eastern Mediterranean Region, EBRD
DR. SAWSAN MAJALI Senator, Jordanian Senate
H.E. DR. MAHER SHEIKH HASAN Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Jordan
SAAD ANDARY Vice Governor, Banque du Liban
MUNA SUKHTIAN Managing Director, Microfund for Women
AHMED MOOR CEO, liwwa Inc.
I think about tackling the lifecycle needs of women as a car. De-risking is the airbag. Regulation is the signs on the road. The electronic components are fintech. — Dr. Heike Harmgart
In Jordan, the more women are educated, the less they are employed. — Dr. Sawsan Majali
A lack of access to finance in Jordan is often the outcome of a woman not being able to find a good job. — H.E. Dr. Maher Sheikh Hasan
Government policies can be great enablers of financial inclusion, which generates growth. — Saad Andary
The micro finance industry played a big role in getting the central bank to recognize the value of women. — Muna Sukhtian
We need to leave our personal mindsets at home and bring our professional mindsets to the workplace. — Ahmed Moor