GBA's Impact

Growing the Female Economy


We leverage our collective voice to advocate for desired policy change and spread the word about the value of the female economy.

In 2014, the GBA, Data2X and the Inter-American Development Bank joined forces in the Women’s Financial Inclusion Data (WFID) partnership. The IFC, the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) joined the partnership in 2016. The WFID partnership seeks to increase awareness across ecosystem actors about the critical need for more and better sex-disaggregated data for women’s financial inclusion, publishing multiple reports making the case for this data, mapping the main challenges, offering solutions to overcome them and seeking to spur action on its collection and use.

Under the 2018 G20 presidency of Argentina, the GBA is co-chairing the W20 Financial Inclusion sub-group, alongside AFI. The W20 is the official G20 engagement group dedicated to promoting gender inclusiveness and gender equality as an integral part of the G20 process. As co-chair of Financial Inclusion, GBA will act as a knowledge/content partner to support the financial inclusion workstream, including working to further establish the business case for commercial actors to target the Women’s Market. The co-chairs will also collaborate on policy analysis and recommendations, and participate in W20 events throughout the year.

Beyond this work, our impact can be seen in the success of the women customers our members have supported. These are some of their stories.

Inés Aita

Inés Aita is a Costa Rican business owner who co-founded her business, Cosméticos Laita, with her daughter, Laura Arce Aita, in 2003.

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Aline Kamakian

Lebanese entrepreneur Aline Kamakian owns two restaurants specializing in the Armenian cuisine of her heritage: Mayrig and Batchig.

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Zeina Khoury Daoud

Zeina Khoury Daoud's Le Potager Bio uses 100% organic farming, creating healthful produce with low environmental impact. 

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Célida Marcelo Luis

Célida Marcelo Luis is a 40-year old entrepreneur who founded a fish farm in one of the poorest communities in the Dominican Republic.

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Şule Mene

In 2002, Şule Mene established Turkey’s first clinical research center, Mene Research, which has since become internationally renowned.

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Nurcan Özdemir

Nurcan Özdemir worked her way up in the insulation industry — from administrative assistant to owner of her own company, EPSA.

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Sawsan Wazzan Jabri

Businesswoman Sawsan Wazzan Jabri co-founded The Nutrition and Diet Center, the first healthful eating concept in the Middle East.

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Tülin Yazıcı

Tülin is the owner and founder of Dress Best Uniforms, which provides custom uniforms to a wide range of businesses around the world.

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Maleeka Zakarneh

In a male-dominated field and a male-dominated country, Maleeka Zakarneh is making a name for herself and her company, Jadara Electronics.

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