Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

Celebrating International Women's Day  Mar 08, 2021

IWD2021: Women Leaders as Role Models

By Wendy Teleki, Head of the We-Fi Secretariat

This International Women’s Day is dedicated by UN Women to ‘Women in Leadership’. As we celebrate women leaders, I want to focus on the dreamers, the innovators, the risk takers: entrepreneurs who demonstrate their business acumen and leadership every day.  Read More...

WEChampion: Conversations with We-Fi Leadership Champions

WEChampion is a series of video conversations hosted by Maggie Lake, former CNN business anchor. These videos are aimed to inspire women entrepreneurs, especially those facing challenges from COVID-19. The first part of the interview series is now available - featuring personal stories of We-Fi’s Leadership Champions Selima Ahmad, Anne Finucane, Danièle Henkel, Miky Lee, Mari Pangestu, and Oksana Pushkina.  

Watch the interviews now and stay tuned for Part II of the series! 

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Women, Business and the Law: Safeguarding Women’s Economic Opportunity in Times of Crisis

We-Fi Leadership Champions Mari Pangestu and Selima Ahmad joined experts in a discussion on what can be done to improve women’s economic opportunities, using the findings of the new Women, Business and the Law 2021 study at the report’s launch on March 1st. Learn More...


Recapping Gender Learning Week: making progress for women-led startups

To address constraints facing women entrepreneurs, the World Bank works with intermediaries to address the investment readiness of startups, collaborating with entrepreneurs to prepare them for submitting funding applications.  Read More...

Expanding access to life insurance to women in Côte d’Ivoire

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and insurance company Leadway Vie Côte d'Ivoire announced a partnership - partly funded by We-Fi - to increase access to life insurance for women in Côte d'Ivoire and create jobs for women as insurance brokers in the country.  Read More...

Unlocking commercial financing for women-led businesses in Nigeria

The World Bank, with funding from We-Fi, supported the development of a new credit solution using a customer-centric approach tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs. Read More...

Easing logistics for SMEs in Latin America: interview with Juliana Sarmiento

Juliana Sarmiento was one of the twelve finalists of the pitch competition of WeXchange, the largest business forum in Latin America and the Caribbean that connects women entrepreneurs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with financiers, organized by IDB Lab and supported by We-Fi.  Read More...

After the pandemic, put women first

"Closing gender gaps in entrepreneurship would help reduce poverty, create jobs, and spur growth and innovation" - a blog by Melinda Gates and David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group. Read More...

Innovations in gender-smart investing: Highlights from industry pioneers & GenderSmart’s key supporters 

A publication by that profiles some of the pioneering work that is driving the gender lens investing ecosystem forward. Read the Flipbook...


Virtual Roundtable: Measuring the impact of COVID-19 on women entrepreneurs

On Thursday, March 11th at 8 AM ET, Wendy Teleki, Head of the We-Fi Secretariat will join experts in a discussion hosted by SME Finance Forum on how institutions are measuring the impact of COVID-19 on women entrepreneurs and the available tool to measure that impact during the pandemic. Learn more about the event and Register Now...

On the Path to Economic Justice and Rights: Working towards Women's Economic Empowerment

In joint efforts with partners in the Generation Equality Forum and as Chair of We-Fi, Germany together with Mexico, Spain and Sweden is organizing a high-level side event on March 17 at 1PM ET at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65). Learn More...

Women Leading Communities through the COVID Crisis 

Join the World Bank and Tostan International on March 9 at 9AM ET (2PM GMT) as experts convene to raise awareness of the ways women are disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. Register Now...
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