Economic growth can be encouraged around the world if more women were to run small and medium sized enterprises.
That’s according to the International Monetary Fund.
The Fund says that small loans to women who want to start businesses are particularly effective in emerging economies.
Jocelyn Frank has been talking to Melanne Vervee, the Executive Director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington DC in the United States.
She began by asking Ms Vervee about the barriers that women face getting into business.