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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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The impact of COVID-19 on the private sector in Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines

These reports focus on the impact of COVID-19 on private sector workers and employers in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. Download the reports…


Challenging gender norms, reinventing gender roles and collaborating in the face of a pandemic

The Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment—a partner of Investing in Women—and the Philippine Women’s Economic Network presented Empowering the Family: Leadership Principles from Business to Home, a live webinar that tackled the issues facing Filipino families and discussed proactive and practical solutions to safeguard the physical and emotional well-being of family members while dealing with the crisis. Read the full story…

Unlocking the lockdown: The gendered effects of COVID-19 on achieving the SDGS in Asia and the Pacific

This report summarises the gendered effects of COVID-19 on achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific, based on findings from the surveys. Download the report…


Launching rapid response gender lens financing: The story of RISE

Investing in Women’s James Soukamneuth and Prachi Maheshwari share their insights on the RISE Fund. Read more…

Women’s SMEs in the Philippines get boost for COVID-19 recovery with new partnership between Investing in Women and the Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc.

Investing in Women and FSSI will jointly invest over PHP 80 Million (AUD 2.5 Million) to support the business growth of women’s SMEs. This partnership comes at a critical time as many SMEs are struggling with the impact of COVID-19, and re-opening of business is essential to economic recovery. Read more…


New USD10 million impact fund launches in Indonesia to promote women entrepreneurs

Investing in Women is supporting the establishment of the Indonesia Women Empowerment Fund to address barriers to women’s economic empowerment by investing in disruptive tech solutions led by women entrepreneurs. Read more…

Latest Resources

Leading the fight against the pandemic: Does gender really matter?

05 October 2020

This paper analyses the relationship between national female leaders and their effectiveness in handling the COVID-crisis.

Gender Equity Insights 2020: Delivering the Business Outcomes

05 October 2020

The report shows a strong and convincing causal relationship between increasing the share of women in leadership and subsequent improvements in company performance. The findings in this report provide clear support for the business case for increasing the number of women in senior leadership positions.

Accelerating change on flexible ways of working

01 October 2020

This report aims to help organisations better understand the benefits of flexible ways of working and how it can be effectively implemented. It supports an immediate priority of returning to the office and onsite environments (where and when safe to do so), while wholeheartedly seizing the momentum on flexible working. It envisages a future where ...

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