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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

Census on Women in Executive Leadership Team in IDX200 companies

21 June 2022

This report analyses women’s representation in Indonesia’s top 200 publicly listed companies to understand the status of women representation in executive leadership.  

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

07 June 2022

This report uncovers the outcomes of MSME policy responses to the pandemic in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, analysing the varied experiences of women and men in the MSME sector. 

Drivers of Change for Workplace Gender Equality

06 May 2022

This fact sheet highlights seven key drivers of workplace gender equality (WGE) that play an important role in achieving WGE.

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