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Indonesia has made significant improvements in women’s economic empowerment; with women making up 50% of all university graduates, 46% of senior management roles, and almost one quarter of small to medium enterprise owners. Indonesia has progressive laws around maternal rights and the government has ratified The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Despite these achievements, cultural and political barriers continue to restrict opportunities available to women. Employers in Indonesia pay women on average 31% less than men and appoint women to only 6% of CEO and board positions.

Indonesian cultural norms also place expectations on university-educated women to be ‘secondary earners’ and ensure career does not interfere with their roles as wives and mothers. Women’s workforce participation is just 51% in Indonesia compared to 85% for men.

In collaboration with corporations and business leaders, impact investors and entrepreneurs, governments and advocates in Indonesia, Investing in Women is building the business case and spearheading the campaign for women’s economic equality in South East Asia.

Latest Resources

Widening the Lens, Looking Further Ahead: Options for Australian Support of Gender Lens Investing Post-Investing in Women

11 November 2021

This discussion paper presents comments on the findings from the Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term Review Pathway 2 Report for future recommendations on appropriate catalytic use of grant funding for Women’s Economic Empowerment with regard to the Gender Lens Investing (GLI) ecosystem already built by Investing in Women’s Pathway 2 in South East Asia ...

Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term Review Pathway 2 Report

04 November 2021

This report presents findings and recommendations from the Mid-Term Review of Investing in Women’s Pathway 2 focused on Impact investment for WSMEs.

Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term review

04 November 2021

This independent mid-term review covers IW’s progress since the start of its second phase in July 2019 and provides recommendations to assist IW achieve its end of program outcomes by June 2023.

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