Addressing the gender gap in fintech

Just as in technology and finance industries around the world, fintech companies in Africa are grappling with a severe underrepresentation of women in leadership roles and throughout their businesses. When compiling the data in the 2017 Fintech Talent Africa report, Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI) made gender balance a particular focus of the research, knowing that this is a significant problem in the industry.

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The findings of the report validated this belief. More than 400 industry leaders and professionals responded to the survey and of these, only 12.5% were women. The gender gap was reflected again in the data they reported: respondents indicated that the teams they lead are made up of approximately 39% women, while senior or executive teams are made up of 43% women. This data highlights that there is still a way to go in order to achieve gender parity.

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