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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

Social Norms and Women’s Economic Participation in Indonesia

24 August 2021

According to this study, social norms and gendered roles shape women’s and men’s perception about their work outside the home.

WATCH: Investing in Women – Workplace Gender Equality video

03 August 2021

This video aims to provide a thorough understanding of workplace gender equality in the context of the work of the Business Coalitions.

The Business of Social Norms

19 July 2021

This document provide guidance on what companies can do to shift social norms and challenge stereotypes in the workplace. Measures that have been successfully implemented by private sector companies to influence gender norms are also cited, for reference.

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