Bank Alfalah Partners with UN Women to Drive Women’s Empowerment through Financial Literacy and Inclusion

Bank Alfalah, a leading commercial Bank in Pakistan, has partnered with UN Women to launch financial inclusion awareness sessions. The sessions are a part of the National Financial Literacy Program (NFLP), an initiative of SBP and BSC.

The sessions aim to break down barriers hindering women’s access to financial resources, fostering their autonomy and financial independence.

In the first phase, UN Women, and local BSC field offices conducted a series of targeted financial literacy awareness sessions in Thatta and Rawalpindi in which over 200 women were engaged. While 3 more sessions for Peshawer and D.I.Khan are in pipeline, to collectively reach over 500 women in rural areas.

UN Women and Bank Alfalah will conduct multiple similar sessions on financial literacy across key districts in Pakistan. These interactive sessions will be held in partnership with regional SBP Banking Services Corporation (BSC) offices.

The focus districts include Pishin, Lasbela, Khuzdar, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Loralai, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Chitral, DI Khan, Rawalpindi, Muzaffargarh, Thatta, Hunza, Gilgit, and Nagar.

Moreover, the sessions will cater to women and girls from diverse backgrounds, including micro-enterprise owners, disabilities, minority groups, and students from schools and universities.

This collaboration ensures that the message of financial inclusion reaches a broader audience and brings about tangible change in women’s lives aligned with SBP’s initiative for Banking on Equality.

The financial literacy sessions encompassed various aspects of banking, including retail banking, SME business, Islamic banking, consumer banking, and other domains. These sessions were conducted by senior business leaders to educate the participants.

Furthermore, Bank Alfalah aims to onboard women who are interested as customers and offer them both Conventional and Islamic deposit and financing solutions. This initiative is intended to narrow the gender gap in the financial landscape and promote financial inclusion.

Notably, Gender equality and women’s development are pivotal for economic development in Pakistan as currently, the rate of women’s inclusion is only 13% which represents vast untapped potential. This initiative taken by the Bank is aligned with United Nations’ SD Goals 5, 8 and 10.

Inadequate financial resources and limited access to funding opportunities have been major obstacles to women’s economic empowerment in Pakistan. Recognising this challenge, Bank Alfalah, in collaboration with UN Women and SBP, is committed to implementing initiatives that align with national policies like the Pakistan Vision 2025 and the SBP’s Banking on Equality (BOE) Policy.

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