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The Better Half Of Remittances

Better Half of Remittances

From flying an aircraft, fighting for the honour of their country, to leading the pack in innovation & entrepreneurship, women around the world are breaking gender stereotypes every day. Yet, women continue to battle the stigma of being the ‘weaker’ sex in many spheres of life — the most important being financial credibility. Be it the gender pay gap or the ability to support her family, a woman’s contributions are always considered to be ‘lesser’ in comparison to her male counterpart.

The international remittance industry is no different. When it comes to overseas money transfers, the general perception is that it’s men who move out of their home country to support their families, as is evident in the following case: Jesus Cervantes of CEMLA writes, “it is commonly thought that remittance flows (…) stem from a migratory process where men leave their country to seek better employment and income opportunities, and then send remittances to their wives and children back home.”

Now comes the surprise — women not only contribute to half of the global remittances but also remit a larger share of their income than men! We, at InstaReM, are out to debunk some common theories about women and remittances.

Since women remit smaller amounts more frequently, they end up paying 20% more transaction fees than men. InstaReM strives to empower women to #DoMore by offering cost-efficient and easy overseas money transfers. More power to you!

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