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IFC: COVID-19 and the Insurance Industry: Why a Gender-Sensitive Response Matters

Executive summary :

Even before the COVID-19 crisis began, women in emerging markets were more likely to be financially excluded.

 The Digital Insurer reviews IFC’s Report on COVID-19 and the Insurance Industry: Why a Gender-Sensitive Response Matters

COVID-19 widened the gender gap

Financial exclusion is a problem

For example, women are 9% less likely than men to have a bank account and, in absolute terms, 56 percent of all unbanked adults across the world are women.

Research on the economic consequences of COVID-19 suggests that this pandemic is likely to widen the gender gap.

Boxes 1 and 2 (see below) list the ways that COVID-19 could impact women’s risk profile, and therefore exacerbate their protection gap and need for insurance.

 

Women are key workers

As women are key insurance industry stakeholders due to their roles as employees, agents, and, increasingly, as customers, insurers need to be conscious of women’s multiple roles as breadwinners, business owners, caregivers, and household decision makers.

 

Insurers must tackle the gender gap

Thus, as insurers adopt relief, recovery, and resilience measures, they should consider applying a gender lens to their operational processes, including how they manage, market, communicate, sell, and use information technology, and how they support their women employees, agents, and customers. This means implementing solutions in a way that does not perpetuate the gender gap.

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