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Published by: McKinsey Global Institute, 2018

Country / Region: Philippines

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific

30 April 2018

Indonesia is the only country where satisfaction over career progression is higher among women than men, according to the December 2017 survey of 5,000 urban respondents in ASEAN economies found that.

Vietnam had the largest proportion of respondents who said that women have fewer opportunities than men.

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