Blockchain Summit Asks, How Can Bitcoin And Blockchain Technology Empower Women?
When Roya Mahboob, 30, a serial entrepreneur from Afghanistan, began her startup, Women’s Annex, a platform for women to upload blogs and videos and be paid for views, the company found that paying the women didn’t empower them financially. While by law Afghan women could have bank accounts, their families didn’t want them to. “For one woman, her husband always hit her and took all the money from her,” said Mahboob, who then learned about Bitcoin and decided to begin paying the women with it. This is was one of the many powerful stories around the theme of women’s empowerment told last week during the Blockchain Summit sponsored by the Bitcoin mining and blockchain services firm Bitfury Group and venture capitalist Bill Tai, with special support from China Credit Fintech, on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island.