Women and Financial Education

Evidence, Policy Responses and Guidance

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Gender equality in terms of economic and financial opportunities is becoming increasingly relevant at both national and international level. The need to address the financial literacy of women and girls as a way to improve their financial empowerment, opportunities, and well-being has been acknowledged by the G20 Leader’s Declaration in June 2012, as well as part of a wider horizontal OECD project on gender equality. The OECD International Network on Financial Education (INFE) established a dedicated workstream in 2010 to address the needs of women for financial education under the support of the Russia/World Bank/OECD Trust Fund for financial literacy and education.

This book collects the work carried out within this workstream, including policy guidance to help policy makers address women's and girls' needs for financial education, and a comprehensive analysis of the current status of knowledge on gender differences in financial literacy and policy responses in terms of financial education for women and girls.



OECD/INFE Policy Guidance on Addressing Women's and Girls' Needs for Financial Awareness and Education

In October 2010, the OECD International Network on Financial EducationIncluding 107 countries from 240 public authorities. All CMF and IPPC delegates are members ex officio. (INFE) established an expert subgroup on Empowering Women through Financial Education and Awareness, recognising that women have specific financial literacy needs and are often over-represented in disadvantaged segments in developed and developing countries. The INFE and this dedicated subgroup aim at developing research and evidence-based policy analysis to better understand women’s specificities vis-à-vis financial literacy in various national contexts and elaborate guidance to help policy makers and interested stakeholders strengthening women’s competencies in this area.


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