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CASE STUDY: Empowering employees to speak up through whistleblowing mechanisms

Developed by the PBCWE to document experiences of human resource leads and employees and provide significant accomplishments and improvements on the implementation of Workplace Gender Equality initiatives, this case study discusses how the PNB has ...

CASE STUDY: Embracing digitalisation for employee learning and development

Developed by the PBCWE to document experiences of human resource leads and employees and provide significant accomplishments and improvements on the implementation of Workplace Gender Equality initiatives, this case study provides an overview of how ...

CASE STUDY: Putting premium on maternity care and employee health

Developed by the PBCWE to document experiences of human resource leads and employees and provide significant accomplishments and improvements on the implementation of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) initiatives, this case study provides a comprehensive view ...

CASE STUDY: Investing in wellness at the workplace

Developed by the PBCWE to document experiences of human resource leads and employees and provide significant accomplishments and improvements on the implementation of Workplace Gender Equality initiatives, this case study discusses how the PNB introduced ...

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Adviser (two positions; preferably Canberra, Australia-based and/or Manila-based)

The Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Adviser (two positions) will assist the MEL Director to track IW progress and implement the IW MEL system, through design, managing and reporting on MEL activities across IW ...

Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) Advisory Panel

IW is seeking to establish an Advisory Panel of experts with relevant expertise and experience to inform and advise the implementation and monitoring/evaluation of this work from July 2021 for 24 months.

UN Women’s 2021 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards competition opens

Applications for the 2021 WEPs Awards are being accepted until Bangkok midnight (GMT+7) on 31 July 2021.

#ChooseToChallenge: Inclusive leadership in times of crisis

As part of the Women’s Month celebration, Male Champions of Change Philippines (MCC PH) recently hosted a webinar titled “#ChooseToChallenge: Inclusive Leadership in Times of Crisis,” where business executives discussed best practices and practical ...

Organisational Development/Diversity and Inclusion Manager (based in Manila, Philippines)

Investing in Women’s Pathway One: Business Partnerships (P1) team requires an expert Organisational Development/Diversity and Inclusion Manager based in Manila, Philippines to report directly to the WGE Advancement and Development Manager and work ...

Making flexible work, work

“#ForwardThinkingFlex: Making Flexible Work, Work,” the latest of a series of webinars conducted by the Philippine Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment (PBCWE), brought experts from both the private and public sectors together with HR ...

Leading the conversation on gender equality in the time of COVID-19

Accenture in the Philippines, a founding member of the Philippine Business Coalition on Women’s Empowerment (PBCWE), celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 with a free virtual Equality Dialogue titled “Rising to the Challenge, Leading ...

VBCWE conducts workshop: ‘Lead the change in the new normal’

Business leaders and senior managers of large enterprises in Vietnam recently attended the workshop, “Lead the Change in the New Normal,” to discuss the importance of workplace gender equality and women’s leadership roles in ...

AVPN Webinar Series: Key opportunities for social impact in the Philippines

The IW-sponsored AVPN Philippines Conference provided a call to action for the local social investment community. Through a panel discussion of industry leaders, a learning workshop, and a women’s SMEs showcase, the AVPN event ...

Vietnam Country Manager – Vietnam

The Vietnam Country Manager will provide advice, implementation and coordination support to the Executive and Pathway Teams for the efficient and effective delivery of the Investing in Women (IW) program in Vietnam.

VBCWE: Together with businesses creating a sustainable workplace

VBCWE has joined the Advisory Council on Corporate Sustainability Index 2020 (CSI 2020) with the aim of improving and adjusting criteria on gender equality, as well as creating favourable conditions for women in the workplace.

IW-ILO research demonstrates business case for women in business and management in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines

Contributing to the growing number of evidence-based research, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Investing in Women (IW) have undertaken collaborative efforts to establish the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender ...

Workplace Gender Equality video and other WGE resources

A collection of resources that partners and other businesses can use as tools in  understanding, promoting and advancing gender equality.

Despite challenges, BCGE bolsters efforts to advance Workplace Gender Equality in Myanmar

In an interview with Women Icons Network, BCGE Country Director, Kyawt Kay Thi Win, discussed the coalition’s efforts to advance Workplace Gender Equality in Myanmar.

Indonesia banks on millennials to break patriarchy in quest for gender equality

In an interview with Women Icons Network, IBCWE Executive Director, Maya Juwita, highlighted the successes and challenges of rolling out initiatives to advance Workplace Gender Equality in Indonesia.

The Philippines: A gender-equal nation striving for WGE

In an interview with Women Icons Network, PBCWE Executive Director, Julia Andrea R. Abad, shared her insights on Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) in the Philippines.

Vietnam needs more women at the helm of businesses

VBCWE Country Director, Ms Hang Le, discussed the coalition’s milestones and roadmap to Workplace Gender Equality in an interview with Women Icons Network.

Investing in Women: Driving women’s economic empowerment in SE Asia

In an interview with Women Icons Network, Investing in Women (IW) CEO Dr Julia Newton-Howes provided an overview of IW’s work and its response to the COVID-19 crisis, and shared insights on the impact ...

IW and QBO partner to build communities for women in Philippine tech startups

To address gaps in the Philippines’ male-dominated tech industry, Investing in Women has partnered with QBO Innovation Hub, the Philippines’ first public-private partnership platform for startups.

Digital: QBO Innovation Hub partners with Investing In Women to champion #Pinaytechsheroes through their Startup Pinay program

Through its Startup Pinay program, which aims to foster a community of female-led tech startups through funding, mentorship, and exposure, QBO Innovation Hub (‘QBO’) has been actively promoting opportunities for women to lead in the ...

Startup Pinay program supports Filipinas in tech startup ecosystem

QBO Innovation Hub recently partnered with Investing in Women, an Australian Government initiative that promotes women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia, to expand Startup Pinay, a startup innovation platform that narrows the gender ...

Supporting the workforce during a crisis can drive productivity, innovation and economic sustainability

With lessons from COVID-19 in mind and reshaping the future in a more sustainable way a common goal, stakeholders from the government, private sector and civic organisations gathered for the SAFE forum to discuss sustainable ...

Challenging gender norms, reinventing gender roles and collaborating in the face of a pandemic

The Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE)—a partner of Investing in Women—and the Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN) presented Empowering the Family: Leadership Principles from Business to Home, a live webinar ...

Recognising the value of gender diversity in the workplace: higher profitability, productivity and creativity

Gender diversity at the workplace has helped Indonesian enterprises enhance their business outcomes, contributing to improved profitability and productivity. Around 77% of 400 surveyed Indonesian enterprises have enjoyed the benefits of gender diversity to their businesses, according ...

Yayasan Pulih

Yayasan Pulih (Pulih Foundation) is a non-profit that provides psychosocial empowerment support to those affected by violence or disasters. Pulih employs preventive measures, such as transforming gender norms, including through male engagement, to address gender-based ...

Magdalene

Magdalene is a women-focused bilingual online media outlet known for advocating gender equality and inclusivity among its readers, consisting mostly of urban millennial women and men. Magdalene’s readers include urban, educated and curious young ...

IW forges new partnerships for influencing gender norms

Investing in Women (IW) is supporting local organisations in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to step up as champions for positively influencing gender norms. IW has forged partnerships with nine organisations in the three countries ...

Women’s economic empowerment and leadership are key to COVID-19 crisis recovery—conference

Investing in Women (IW) CEO Julia Newton-Howes joined YCAB Foundation Founder and CEO Veronica Colondam and RBL Bank Head for HR,CSR and Internal Branding Shanta Vallury Gandhi as panellists for Why We Need to ...

Innovation, reinvention and inclusion: Businesses responding to COVID-19

The global economy is in a continuous state of disruption.  In this climate, business leaders are pressured to make crucial decisions in order to maintain resilience and prepare for recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on South East Asian Women: Case studies from Malaysia and Indonesia

South East Asian women are putting themselves in highly vulnerable positions for the betterment of their countries. However, despite their sacrifices, women are more negatively impacted by COVID-19 than men.

Gender equality at work: South East Asia’s other hurdle

Across the ASEAN region, countries and companies have been engaging in the equality debate for several years. Investing in Women has been working closely with companies in four countries to understand the dynamics and hindrances ...

WGEA Director Libby Lyons discusses the business case for WGE at IW partner events

The WGEA Director spoke in front of business leaders at the Achieving Progress on WGE: Data as a Driver of Change event, hosted by Investing in Women and the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment.

IW partner organisations assess Workplace Gender Equality in South East Asia and Australia at the Australasian Aid Conference

Investing in Women and its partners from the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia presented a panel on Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) in Southeast Asia and Australia at the 2020 Australasian Aid Conference in Canberra.

International Women’s Day reflections: Taking action beyond the celebration

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on victories and milestones on the path to global gender equality. And while the uphill climb hasn’t been easy, there is still much to ...

Slump in gender gap report rankings stresses need to strengthen women empowerment efforts in South East Asia

Only two of ASEAN’s 10 member states show improvement in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020. The report compares gaps between women and men across 153 countries based on indicators of economic participation ...

#ITSNOTOKAY: Forum highlights the role of Philippine workplaces in tackling sexual harassment

Leaders from the private sector, human resource managers, and women’s rights and anti-gender-based violence advocates gathered on 2 October for #ITSNOTOKAY: A Discussion on the Safe Spaces Law and the Launch of the Philippine Business ...

Gender Equality Conference 2019 highlights: CEOs pledge for inclusivity and equal representation

Top executives and decision-makers from the private sector, members of the academe, gender experts and stakeholders convened in Ho Chi Minh City on October 22 for the Gender Equality Conference.

Create economic value through social innovation—conference

Investing in Women’s Impact Investing Director James Soukamneuth joined other finance and investment experts and thought leaders as one of the panel speakers at The Economist’s Social Innovation in Action Summit.

Gender pay gap still exists in the Philippines—study

The Philippines is the only ASEAN country to make it to the top ten of the Global Gender Gap Index 2018—placing 8th. Despite the positive efforts to close gaps in the country’s economic, education, ...

Australian Diplomat Allaster Cox on the economic benefits of gender equality in Indonesia

Allaster Cox, Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, shares his views on workplace gender equality and closing the gender gap in Indonesia.

Family-responsive workplaces benefit employees and companies

Employers can increase worker productivity by implementing and promoting family-friendly policies for both women and men, the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) said, as it launched a new study funded by Investing in ...

Abt Associates earns EDGE certification for gender equality

Abt Associates has been awarded EDGE Certification, becoming the first U.S. government implementing partner to meet the prestigious global business standard for gender equality.

Indonesia will leave money on the table if gender equality issues are not urgently addressed—conference

Indonesia could be missing out on USD 135 billion in annual gross domestic product (GDP) if it fails to address gender equality in six years.

Why companies should advance parental leave

Leave policies that complement inclusive, family-friendly workplace practices help companies send a clear message that they care about the well-being of the people who power their business.

First ever South East Asia business summit on EDGE, the world leading business certification standard for gender equality

South East Asia business leaders who have committed to promoting gender equality in their workplaces have gathered here on 17-18 January for the first ever Regional Business Summit led by Investing in Women (IW), an ...

Engaging workers on the Vietnam Labour Code reform

Investing in Women partners in Vietnam are set to roll out a social media campaign that aims to increase public support for promoting gender equality in the Labour Code reform using real-life stories of how ...

Mixed gender gap data highlight need to change mindsets in South East Asia

The gender equality landscape is mixed in ASEAN, with the Philippines named one of the best-performing countries in World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018 published Tuesday while six countries in the region landed ...

Vietnam gets three global gender equality seals

Three Vietnamese companies on Wednesday became the first in the country to receive EDGE Certification, the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality.

Two Business Coalitions get license to deliver gender equality certificates

Business Coalitions supported by Investing in Women in Indonesia and the Philippines have signed licensing agreements to deliver EDGE Certification exclusively in their countries. EDGE is the world’s leading assessment and benchmarking methodology and ...

Our Work

Reaching the goal together Investing in Women uses innovative approaches to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar through: supporting business coalitions to advance workplace ...

The economic and social benefits of gender-equal homes

It is impossible to talk about women’s economic empowerment or gender equality in the workplace without also talking about how responsibilities are shared at home. Investing in Women’s survey of urban millennials in ...

Where are the women business leaders in Vietnam?

Why aren’t there enough women in senior management positions in Vietnam? Investing in Women looks at gender barriers that prevent Vietnamese women from reaching the top in business.

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Subscribe to Investing in Women News Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest news articles, press releases, statements, briefings and calendar of events from Investing in Women. Includes Investing in Women materials, publications, ...

More Philippine companies achieve global standard in workplace gender equality

MANILA—Five more Philippine companies have been recognised as global leaders in workplace gender equality, joining Ayala Land Inc. and Convergys Philippines, who received the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification earlier this year. ...

Campaigns target male advocates for gender equality

Two campaigns supported by Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, are engaging males as advocates of women’s economic empowerment through digital and innovative offline efforts to drive conversations around the benefits ...

IW Supports Vietnam Labour Code Reform

Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, is supporting Vietnam as it hosts a public consultation on the draft Labour Code on October 19 to highlight the benefits of workplace gender equality and its ...

Five Indonesia businesses get global nod on gender equality

Five members of the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) became the first companies in the country to achieve EDGE Certification, a leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard on gender equality.

Women’s economic empowerment in spotlight in two economic conferences

In a bid to encourage economists to bridge the gender gap within their ranks and incorporate gender into their economic research in South East Asia, Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, is ...

Four Business Coalitions commit to gender equality

A total of 28 businesses, including some of the top employers in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam, have committed to championing gender equality in their workplace, as they formed in-country coalitions with the support of ...

Empowering women for the future of work

The Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment—launched last year through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Investing in Women initiative and in partnership with the Philippine Women’s Economic Network—aims ...

Six Leading Myanmar Businesses Invite Collaboration on Gender Equality on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, six leading Myanmar companies came together to affirm their commitment to achieving equality in their workplaces.

Six Leading Myanmar Businesses Invite Collaboration on Gender Equality on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, six leading Myanmar companies came together to affirm their commitment to achieving equality in their workplaces.

Australian Ambassador Presents Edge Awards International Gender Equality Certification To Ayala Land And Convergys Philippines

Ayala Land Inc and Convergys Philippines received their EDGE certification Awards on 5 March at New World Hotel, Makati. Globally, they are the first in their respective industries to receive this EDGE certification. Ayala Land Inc. ...

Australian Ambassador Presents Edge Awards International Gender Equality Certification To Ayala Land And Convergys Philippines

Ayala Land Inc and Convergys Philippines received their EDGE certification Awards on 5 March at New World Hotel, Makati. Globally, they are the first in their respective industries to receive this EDGE certification. Ayala Land Inc. ...

Convergys Philippines among pioneers seeking international certification on workplace gender equality

One of the country’s top employers, Convergys Philippines has committed to achieving certification from Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE), a world-leading diagnostic and certification system that is designed to help companies create an ...

A fresh look at paternity leave: Why the benefits extend beyond the personal

McKinsey & Company research on the impact of COVID-19 on families shows that women bear significant social and economic fallout from the crisis, even considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely. In a ...

PBCWE

The Philippines Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment (PBCWE) was launched in March 2017. Co Chairs: Ms Ma. Aurora “Boots” D. Geotina-Garcia and Ms Victoria “Vicky” P. Garchitorena Executive Director: Ms Julia Andrea R. Abad Website: ...

Towards gender balanced parental leave: Australian and international trends

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) published an insight paper, “Towards gender balanced parental leave: Australian and international trends,” exploring the link between the unequal distribution of caring work between women and men and the ...

Sanna Harri

As the Business Partnerships Deputy Director, Sanna supports the Pathway 1 team in their work with the Business Coalitions (BCs) in the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar. The BCs support businesses in the four countries to ...

Rowena Cañete

Weng is the Business Coalitions (BC) Operational Support Manager for Investing in Women. She works closely with the BCs in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar who work with influential businesses on shifting workplace cultures, ...

Georgia Davis

Georgia is currently serving as WGE Research and Analytics Manager in the Workplace Gender Equality team. She previously served as a manager in the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team. She is largely focused on data ...

THE CASE FOR WORKPLACE GENDER EQUALITY: Risks, opportunities and actions for business during and beyond COVID-19 (Bahasa Indonesia)

Translated into Indonesian, this brief provides evidence from the Asia-Pacific region on business outcomes of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) and why, in the context of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to maintain the ...

THE CASE FOR WORKPLACE GENDER EQUALITY: Risks, opportunities and actions for business during and beyond COVID-19 (Vietnamese)

Translated into Vietnamese, this brief provides evidence from the Asia-Pacific region on business outcomes of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) and why, in the context of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to maintain the ...

What is Workplace Gender Equality? (Vietnamese)

This is the Vietnamese translation of the WGE fact sheet. It provides a definition of Workplace Gender Equality, as well as key points and guidelines for advancing WGE.  

What is Workplace Gender Equality? (Bahasa Indonesia)

This is the Indonesian translation of the WGE  fact sheet. It provides a definition of Workplace Gender Equality, as well as key points and guidelines for advancing WGE.  

Investing in Women Workplace Gender Equality video

This video provides a definition of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE), as well as the benefits of practicing WGE. It includes testimonials from top executives in member companies of Business Coalitions, which are also leading businesses ...

Metis Analytics

METIS Analytics seeks to improve the outcomes of aid investments by expanding the role and importance of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and performance analysis.

Leading to Success: The business case for women in business and management in Viet Nam

This country brief demonstrates the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender equality in Viet Nam considering the COVID-19 context.

Jill Tan Radovan

As the Content Lead for Investing in Women, Jill writes, edits, curates and publishes high-quality and engaging content on the IW website and other digital channels. She also provides editorial support to the teams behind ...

Gender Equity Insights 2020: Delivering the Business Outcomes

The report shows a strong and convincing causal relationship between increasing the share of women in leadership and subsequent improvements in company performance. The findings in this report provide clear support for the business case ...

Leading to success: The business case for women in business and management in the Philippines

This country brief demonstrates the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender equality in the Philippines considering the COVID-19 context. The brief also showcases ILO’s efforts to provide women workers with ...

What is Workplace Gender Equality?

This document provides a definition of Workplace Gender Equality, as well as key points and guidelines for advancing WGE.  

THE CASE FOR WORKPLACE GENDER EQUALITY: Risks, opportunities and actions for business during and beyond COVID-19

This brief provides evidence from the Asia-Pacific region on business outcomes of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) and why, in the context of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to maintain the momentum of WGE. ...

Leading to success: The business case for women in business and management in Indonesia

This country brief demonstrates the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender equality in Indonesia considering the COVID-19 context. The brief also showcases ILO’s efforts to provide women workers with critical ...

Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) in South East Asian Businesses

This research aims to investigate the progress of  workplace gender equality across 38 businesses in four South East Asian countries (Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam).

Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) and WGE reporting in Indonesia

This research aims to provide recommendations to the Indonesian government so improvements on mandatory workplace gender equality reporting may be put in place for private companies.

Investing in Women Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning from Phase 1

Investing in Women showed significant progress in women’s economic empowerment through its four program components in its first phase, from 2016-2019. This fact sheet provides a snapshot of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning findings across ...

COVID-19 is not gender neutral

Policies and public health efforts are scrambling to catch up with the spread of COVID-19. Hand-washing, social distancing and self-isolation will all contribute to containing the exponential rise in cases. But none of these measures ...

WGEA 2018-19 Gender Equality Scorecard

Over four million employees, which accounts for more than 40% of Australia’s total labour force, are covered in the latest WGEA scorecard. The dataset is based on 4,841 reports submitted from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Five years of Workplace Gender Equality Agency data

This fact sheet/booklet provides a detailed picture of the state of gender equality in Australia’s workplaces. The report is compiled by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency using 5 years of reporting data.

Getting to Equal: How Digital is Helping Close the Gender Gap at Work

This report examines the extent to which men and women have adopted and embraced digital technologies, and the influence that has had on their education, employment and advancement.

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