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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

Impact of COVID-19 on private sector employees in Indonesia – 2022

01 August 2022

This February 2020 survey explores the impact of COVID-19 on private sector employees in Indonesia.

Global Gender Gap Report 2022

22 July 2022

Since 2006, the Global Gender Gap Report has been measuring gaps between men and women based on economic participation and opportunity, health and survival, educational attainment and political empowerment.

Gendered Impacts of MSME Policy Responses to COVID-19 in South East Asia (Indonesia)

30 June 2022

This report uncovers the outcomes of MSME policy responses to the pandemic in Indonesia.  

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