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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

What is Workplace Gender Equality? (Bahasa Indonesia)

06 January 2021

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

19 November 2020

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 in Investing in Women’s target countries.


15 November 2020

These fact sheets present a snapshot of the findings on the social norms, attitudes and practices of urban millennials in Indonesia, based on the SNAP 2020 Survey.

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