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A new white paper co-authored by The Members Group CEO Shazia Manus (shown at left) and Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Executive Director Calyn Ostrowski examines challenges women face around the globe and details how credit unions and other organizations can lend a helping hand.

Manus, a native of Bangladesh, wrote the bulk of the white paper, while Ostrowski, whose organization is the charitable arm of the World Council of Credit Unions, authored the white paper’s forward and recommendations for action.

“As I was writing this paper, I learned of a 28-year-old mother in rural Sindh, Pakistan who faces dangerous physical threats each time she attempts to access everyday financial services,” Manus wrote. “Just to get herself and her young son through the bank line safely, she pays an illegal agent for protection. Stories like this underscore the global need for the delivery of more fair, dignified financial services.”

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