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As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the global economy and society, it becomes more evident that the pandemic is affecting women and men differently and that gender-balanced responses are necessary. Governments and humanitarian organisations have come together in creating strategies for responding to the challenges arising from the pandemic, including the gendered impacts that pose as a threat to the safety, welfare and economic standing of women worldwide. In more ways than one, the COVID-19 pandemic stands in the way of Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Access our curated selection of articles and downloadable resources below to learn more.

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Macquarie allots P43M for women entrepreneurs

AUSTRALIA’S Macquarie Group Foundation is investing P43 million for women-led small and medium enterprises in the Philippines as a recovery tool amid the health crisis. Read the full story.


IW-ILO research demonstrates business case for women in business and management in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines

Across all three countries, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been gendered. Contributing to the growing number of evidence-based research, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Investing in Women (IW) have undertaken collaborative efforts to establish the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender equality, resulting in research briefs covering three of IW’s target countries: Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Download the reports.

Are brands keeping up with pandemic-driven shifts in gender roles?

Brands tend to portray gender using stereotypical roles in their advertisements. In most ads, men are the primary income earners and women as the primary carers. Marketers say this is audience-driven—that adverts simply reflect consumer attitudes and behaviour. But with the pandemic seeing women and men share caring and breadwinning roles, are brands following the market? Read the full story.


Addressing access to capital for women-owned small businesses in Indonesia through a prototype lending platform

Investing in Women has partnered with BIDUK, a prototype lending platform, to champion women-owned small and growing businesses in Indonesia. Read the full story.


This report provides an updated analysis of trends in impact investing and gender lens investing (GLI) in South East Asia, based on updated data on impact investment deals for 2017-2019 and building on prior market research. Read the full report.


Latest Resources

Global Gender Gap Report 2021 (15th edition)

06 April 2021

Based on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years. Gender-sensitive recovery strategies will be critical in making ...

Gender lens investing in Southeast Asia: A snapshot of progress in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam

30 March 2021

This landscape report, co-authored by Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, and Value for Women Ltd. (VfW), presents gender lens investing (GLI) trends and insights from investors operating in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. It draws on extensive interviews—conducted before and during the COVID-19 pandemic—with more than 30 investors and ecosystem ...

A fresh look at paternity leave: Why the benefits extend beyond the personal

25 March 2021

McKinsey & Company research on the impact of COVID-19 on families shows that women bear significant social and economic fallout from the crisis, even considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely. In a new survey, McKinsey addresses the question of how men can be supportive to their female partners and use time off ...

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