Equitable economies require digital inclusion, began Melissa Bradley, General Partner at 1863 Ventures. The COVID-19 pandemic changed how the world worked, continued Beth Hurvitz, Senior Vice President & Global Head of Social Impact for Visa, pushing us to do more formal and informal education, work, and commerce online. As people gain access to digital financial tools, they are better able to save and borrow. Digital connectivity is crucial for long-term financial wellbeing but there is more work to do in furthering access to affordable technology, tailoring financial products, improving trust and convenience, and sharing knowledge.
Carmen Correa, CEO of Pro Mujer, explained that advancing gender equality in technology in Latin America will take a comprehensive approach to financial services and education, not only giving women a pathway to make money but teaching them how to use and invest it. Bradley noted that tech needs context, individualization, content, and structure. Hurvitz concurred that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and that trusted relationships remain important. Correa noted that gender exacerbates the digital divide, and Hurvitz agreed that full participation in the digital economy is not only inclusion but also ensuring the resilience of communities in need.
“While technology can provide scale, there needs to be the nuance of context and individualization.”
Melissa Bradley, General Partner, 1863 Ventures
“If the digital gender gap is smaller, we can give women access to different platforms and markets, mentors, and skills that will greatly benefit them.”
Carmen Correa, CEO, Pro Mujer
“In order to achieve financial inclusion, we need full participation in the digital economy for everyone everywhere.”
Beth Hurvitz, SVP, Global Head of Social Impact, Visa