Nearly 10,000 women entrepreneurs and students from four provinces in Cambodia have completed training in financial literacy and economic empowerment in a project jointly organised by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and Visa Inc.
The Chhunhak, head of the ministry’s General Directorate of Gender Equality and Economic Development, said in a press release on March 8 that through the Financial Literacy Project for Women and Women Entrepreneurs, participants – who hailed from provinces including Siem Reap, Kratie, Stung Treng and Preah Vihear – will be able to use the skills gained to “emerge from the micro and informal economy” and create more lucrative careers for themselves.
Chhunhak celebrated the achievements of the attendees, saying: “We hope they can share their new knowledge and success with other women, spreading financial literacy and inclusion for the benefit of all of Cambodia.”
Financial inclusion remains a source of social and economic inequity in Cambodia, for women in particular. Though the gap on accessing financial services may have been closed, gender inequity is still glaringly present when it comes to successfully applying for loans. Compared to men, women also have smaller amounts of savings and fewer opportunities to access large loans.
Access to financial and digital skills training “continue to be a challenge for women”, said Chhunhak. These issues are especially apparent in rural areas, where women often lack adequate financial literacy skills, as well as financial autonomy and a say in family finances, he added – all of which impede their path to financial independence and entrepreneurial growth.
NBC director-general for Banking Supervision Rath Sovannorak said the central bank had identified financial literacy as a “key pillar” in promoting a digital economy, which is seen as a pathway to independence, and extending access to finance and entrepreneurship to women.
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Author: Nov Sivutha
Source: The Phnom Penh Post
Publication date: 09 March 2022