Guestblog on CFR’s Women Around the World blog by Ann Cairns, President of International Markets for MasterCard and Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking.

About 2.4 billion people don’t exist.

They are alive, but invisible. Simply because they have no driver’s license or national ID card. And without one, they are excluded from some of the most essential parts of everyday life. They can’t own property. Or vote. They can’t receive government services. Or open a bank account.

And most of them are women.

Read the full post on the Women Around the World blog.