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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

Philippine Venture Capital Report 2020 (Inaugural Edition)

19 January 2021

The Philippine Venture Capital Report 2020 provides an overview of the country’s venture capital (VC) industry, touted as “the sunrise industry of the Philippines,” and its influence on the growth and development of the Philippine startup ecosystem. This inaugural report documents the latest deal activity, most notable startup transactions and other key developments in VC ...

Why gender is material to investments in the recovery

08 January 2021

This research names the proven economic patterns, their relevance to recovery, their relevance to investments, and key data points to track to understand pandemic-related shifts. In some cases, the data may not be consistently tracked but are still included because this research highlights, in part, data gaps that are crucial to investment analysis. It is ...

THE CASE FOR WORKPLACE GENDER EQUALITY: Risks, opportunities and actions for business during and beyond COVID-19 (Bahasa Indonesia)

06 January 2021

Translated into Indonesian, this brief provides evidence from the Asia-Pacific region on business outcomes of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) and why, in the context of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to maintain the momentum of WGE. It also explores the major challenges and opportunities relating to WGE in the region, and practical actions ...

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