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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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Leading through a pandemic: Lessons from Pinay Tech Leaders

QBO Innovation Hub’s Startup Pinay program, supported by Investing in Women, recently held an event that focused on adaptive strategies and lessons learned by Pinay tech leaders. Read the full story.

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AVPN's Gender lens investing in practice: Driving value for investors in Vietnam

Vietnam’s investor community joined an event sponsored by Investing in Women to promote how gender inclusive investment strategies can help address the economic pressures facing Vietnam. Watch the video.

Th FWA Toolkit: Making flexible work, work

The COVID-19 pandemic served as a catalyst for companies, large and small, to integrate flexible work arrangements (FWAs) into their day-to-day operations. In response to the sudden demand for flexible work policies and best practices, the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE) created the Flexible Working Arrangement Toolkit to help Philippine-based companies design and implement FWAs responsive to the needs of the business and their personnel. Learn more.

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VBCWE conducts workshop: ‘Lead the change in the new normal’

Instabilities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have placed urgent demands on economic recovery and sustainable development for businesses. Business leaders and senior managers of large enterprises in Vietnam attended a workshop to discuss the importance of workplace gender equality and women’s leadership roles in building corporate culture and reinforcing team cohesion. Read more. 

Leading the conversation on gender equality in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In the virtual Equality Dialogue titled Rising to the Challenge, Leading the Change,” panellists shared personal stories and insights on how to improve working conditions so that both women and men can achieve their full potential. The conversation covered how the coronavirus pandemic has affected women, the role of companies in establishing workplace gender equality, and how to beat the odds to make a lasting impact. Read the full story.

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Latest Resources

Women @ Work: A global outlook

14 June 2021

This report uncovers the characteristics of organisations that are making tangible progress on gender equality and steps employers can take to do the same. It examines how women in Australia stand out from their global counterparts on key themes.

The State of Economic Inclusion Report 2021: The Potential to Scale

20 May 2021

The State of Economic Inclusion (SEI) Report 2021 provides a global assessment on the state of inclusion programs that reach the extreme poor and vulnerable. Drawing on the experiences from over 75 countries, the report considers the feasibility of bringing economic inclusion and graduation programs to scale.

Global Wage Report 2020-21: Wages and minimum wages in the time of COVID-19

03 May 2021

The Global Wage Report 2020-21, the flagship report of the International Labour Organization (ILO), examines the evolution of real wages around the world, giving a unique picture of wage trends globally and by region. The 2020-21 edition analyses the relationship of minimum wages and inequality, as well as the wage impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

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