Addressing financial challenges faced by women this International Women’s Month

Paulvia Shiburi, Image: Supplied.

Paulvia Shiburi, Image: Supplied.

Published Mar 7, 2024


In honor of International Women’s Month, Paulvia Shiburi, a debt management specialist, is bringing attention to the multifaceted financial challenges confronting African women.

Below she details how women can overcome financial challenges.


Gender Pay Gaps: African women often find themselves disproportionately affected by gender pay gaps, wherein they earn less than their male counterparts for equivalent work. This systemic issue not only hinders personal financial growth but perpetuates broader economic disparities.

Limited Access to Financial Education: Access to financial education is a critical component of empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their finances. Unfortunately, many African women face limited opportunities to acquire essential financial knowledge, leaving them at a disadvantage when managing their economic well-being.

Economic Disparities: Broader economic disparities compound the financial challenges for African women, as they navigate unequal access to resources, job opportunities, and financial services. This imbalance further widens the gap, making it harder for women to achieve financial stability.


Tailored Debt Counseling Programs: Customized debt counseling programs can provide African women with personalized strategies to manage and reduce their financial burdens. By addressing individual circumstances, these programs offer practical solutions to overcome debt and build a solid financial foundation.

Empowering Workshops: Empowering workshops play a crucial role in equipping women with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the financial landscape. Covering topics such as budgeting, investing, and wealth-building, these workshops empower women to take control of their financial futures.

Creating resources tailored to the unique financial circumstances of African women is essential. From accessible financial guides to online tools, these resources bridge the gap and provide the support needed for women to make informed financial decisions.