According to the World Bank’s Global Findex Database
, the number of women with bank accounts worldwide is 7 percentage points lower than for men (rising to 9 percentage points in developing countries). Women are also overrepresented when it comes to the world’s ‘unbanked’ – around 980 million do not have a bank account, representing 56% of all unbanked individuals globally. This is true even of countries where the unbanked population is relatively low. In Kenya, a country of more than 50 million people, only a fifth of adults are unbanked – yet two thirds of these are women.