Twenty Years of Women's Financial Inclusion

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Twenty Years of Women's Financial Inclusion

by Gayle Gatchalian, Senior Associate, Knowledge and Communications, Women's World Banking
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 7:15am

September marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. Many remember Hillary Clinton's powerful declaration at this event: "It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and for the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights." What many people don't know is that it was at that same conference that the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women's rights was produced: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. And it was in the Beijing Declaration that the importance of women's economic importance was recognized for the first time: a full third of the framework's recommendations dealt with women's economic participation. The platform provided concrete actions to build women's access to financial services. It was the beginning of truly mobilizing the world's financial leaders to build systems that serve the majority of the population -- women.

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