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Who We Are

Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, catalyses inclusive economic growth through women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia.

Established in 2016, Investing in Women tackles one of the most critical social and economic issues of our time: gender inequality.

Women’s economic empowerment is not only a fundamental aspect of promoting gender equality, but it is vital to enhancing business competitiveness, fueling inclusive economic growth and building equitable societies.

Investing in Women uses innovative approaches to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs and to influence the enabling environment to promote women’s economic empowerment in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar through:

 

  • Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) – We support Business Coalitions who work with influential businesses on shifting workplace cultures, practices and policy barriers to achieve WGE;
  • Impact Investment for Women’s SMEs – We partner with Impact Investors and ecosystem builders to expand market opportunities for women, with a view to incentivising and catalysing access to capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – led by and responsive to the needs of women; and
  • Influencing Gender Norms – We work with partners to positively shift attitudes and practices to support women in the world of work.

In collaboration with corporations and business leaders, impact investors, entrepreneurs and advocates, we are working with those who are driving change for women’s economic equality in our region.

By 2023, we aim to:

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More businesses achieve gender equality in their workplace.

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Intentional impact investment in women entrepreneurs increases.

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Achieve positive shifts in gender norms that support women’s economic participation.

How We Work

Everything we do is guided by five key principles:

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To effect widespread change that
benefits women

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To complement, not duplicate the
work of others

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To flexibly and responsively
adapt to opportunities

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To collaborate with the private
sector and leverage private
sector investments

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To take measured and managed
risks to achieve our objectives

WHERE WE WORK

The case for women’s economic empowerment is a shared global challenge, and to help effect change in South East Asia, Investing in Women works in:

Click on any country to learn more.

Philippines

Improving women’s economic empowerment in the Philippines is an opportunity for both the private and public sectors and could add USD 40 billion to the economy each year.

Vietnam

Improving women’s economic empowerment in Vietnam is an opportunity for both the private and public sectors and could add USD 40 billion to the economy each year.

Indonesia

Improving women’s economic empowerment in Indonesia is an opportunity for both the private and public sectors and could add USD 135 billion to the economy each year.

Myanmar

With Myanmar in a state of transition, there is an opportunity for both the private and public sectors to promote gender equality, potentially adding USD 10 billion to the economy each year.

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Our Team

We believe that intellectual capital is critical to providing innovative solutions and, ultimately, having a positive impact. Investing in Women employs people who have strong commitment to our advocacy and upholds a culture of excellence. Our people are our most valuable asset—they are skilled problem solvers that believe challenges can be opportunities.

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