International music star Angelique Kidjo is the voice of a new project designed to help women across the African continent. The project is partly aimed to change laws that block millions of women from wealth and property ownership.
国际音乐巨星Angelique Kidjo是一个旨在帮助整个非洲大陆女性的新项目的代言人。 该项目的部分目的是改变法律，使数百万妇女无法拥有财富和财产
Kidjo spoke about the project with The Associated Press, and described what she has seen over years of travel in Africa. She said women throughout the marketplaces wished they had the money and tools to do more.
"Why do banks give more loans to men versus women? That's the question I have," she said. "Millions of women entrepreneurs in Africa, they lack loans versus the men."
Kidjo added, "And we know men pay less back than women."
The goal is to raise $5 billion for efforts to guarantee loans, train women in finance and end some laws that can be barriers to getting credit.
African women face a $42-billion financing imbalance with men. In some countries, women are barred from opening bank accounts without approval from their husbands or fathers. Similarly, inheritance laws in parts of the continent often leave women with very little or even nothing.
非洲女性与男性面对420亿美元的融资失衡。 在某些国家，未经丈夫或父亲批准，禁止妇女开设银行账户。 同样，非洲大陆部分地区的继承法常常使妇女很少甚至无法继承财产。
But reforms are in progress. In 2018, a World Bank report said 32 percent of reforms in sub-Saharan African countries dealt with equal treatment for women and men in financial services. Angola, Congo and Zambia joined other countries in banning sex-based credit discrimination, the report said.
With the new fund for financing African women "we will be able to go as low as a few hundred dollars' loan ... for people who need it the most," said Vanessa Moungar, an African Development Bank official.
但是改革正在进行中。 世界银行在2018年的一份报告中说，撒哈拉以南非洲国家32％的改革涉及金融服务中男女的平等待遇。 报告说，安哥拉、刚果和赞比亚与其他国家一起禁止基于性别的信用歧视。
The AFAWA is set to launch this month in Rwanda at the Global Gender Summit. The conference gathers representatives from development banks around the world.
When Rwanda changed its own laws to give women access to land, their inclusion in financial services and products went from 36 percent to 63 percent in just four years, Moungar said.
"I want all the women out there to know what's really driving us and our hearts, Moungar said. "We are working for them and nothing else."
Words in This Story：
versus - prep. used to indicate two different things, choices, etc., that are being compared or considered.
entrepreneur - n. a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money
inheritance - n. money, property, etc., that is received from someone when that person dies
fund - n. an amount of money that is used for a special purpose
access - n. a way of getting near, at, or to something or someone