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Investing in Women holds a thought-leadership responsibility to contribute to advance knowledge building to strengthen the business case of women’s economic empowerment and gender equality.

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Asia Pacific

The Diversity Study 2020

October 2020

This report provides insight into the frustrations many in the media and marketing industries face around gender, race and mental health. With the ...

What is Workplace Gender Equality?

September 2020

This document provides a definition of Workplace Gender Equality, as well as key points and guidelines for advancing WGE.  

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

September 2020

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, ...

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

August 2020

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

COVID-19 and Gender Rapid Self-Assessment Tool

June 2020

The COVID-19 and Gender Rapid Self-Assessment Tool has been created to enable companies to assess their COVID-19 response and ensure they support women ...

Guidance note for action: Supporting SMEs to ensure the economic COVID-19 recovery is gender-responsive and inclusive

June 2020

This document illustrates how the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in starting and retaining a business are likely to increase in the wake ...

Gender-sensitive private sector response to COVID-19 for accelerated and inclusive economic recovery

May 2020

Companies worldwide have been challenged in ensuring the safety and security of their employees whilst maintaining business continuity. This guidance note can be ...

Gender norms and change: Resources to support campaign interventions to shift gender norms

May 2020

This paper provides an overview of evidence on recent program interventions that address gender norms. Its purpose is to provide a summary of ...

Guidance for action: Addressing the emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant women in Asia and the Pacific for a gender-responsive recovery

May 2020

This paper discusses the impacts of the pandemic on women migrant workers and provides recommendations on how to support governments, donors, civil society ...

Guidance Note for Action: Women as a force for accelerated and inclusive economic recovery post-COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific

May 2020

This brief introduces a strong gender perspective to the COVID-19 crisis and response and provides recommendations on how to apply a gender-responsive approach ...

Investing in Women Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning from Phase 1

April 2020

Investing in Women showed significant progress in women’s economic empowerment through its four program components in its first phase, from 2016-2019. This ...

The COVID-19 Outbreak and Gender: Key Advocacy Points from Asia and the Pacific

April 2020

Prepared by the Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group, this document outlines emerging gender impacts in Asia and the Pacific amidst COVID-19, as ...

Impact Investing Video Series: Women’s SME Financing Gap

April 2020

An estimated 70.7% of women-owned enterprises remain unserved or underserved by formal financial institutions. This creates a financing gap of at least USD 287 Billion. ...

Impact Investing Video Series: Gender Lens Investing

April 2020

Economic growth is more robust and sustainable when men and women can fully participate in the economy. However, women continue to be underrepresented ...

Impact Investing Video Series: Blended Finance for Women’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

April 2020

Blended finance combines development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilise more private capital for social and environmental causes, creating more financing opportunities for ...

Impact Investing Video Series: What is Women’s Economic Empowerment?

April 2020

A woman is economically empowered when she has both the ability to advance and succeed economically; and has the power to make and ...

Getting to equal 2019: Creating a culture that drives innovation

January 2020

Business leaders play an important role in closing gender gaps in the workplace. Creating a culture of equality can unlock human potential and ...

Tackling childcare: The business case for employer-supported childcare in Myanmar

January 2020

International Finace Corporation’s TACKLING CHILDCARE: The Business Case for Employer-Supported Childcare in Myanmar presents an assessment of the currently available childcare arrangements ...

Ending violence is our business

November 2019

Ending violence is our business is a tool developed by the UN Women Regional Office for Asia Pacific to share practices and key ...

Investing in Women Case Study Series: Capital 4 Development Partners

October 2019

This case study is part of a series of case studies detailing IW’s blended finance structures with four reputable global impact investors ...

Investing in Women Case Study Series: Patamar Capital

October 2019

This case study is part of a series of case studies detailing Investing in Women’s blended finance structures with four reputable global ...

Investing in Women Case Study Series: Root Capital

October 2019

This case study is part of a series of case studies detailing Investing in Women’s blended finance structures with four reputable global ...

Investing in Women Case Study Series: SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund

October 2019

This case study is part of a series of case studies detailing Investing in Women’s blended finance structures with four reputable global ...

Impact Investing in Asia: Overcoming Barriers to Scale

September 2019

This report provides a snapshot of the experiences and insights of stakeholders from the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), as well as recommendations ...

Board Gender Diversity in ASEAN

July 2019

The Board Gender Diversity in ASEAN study advances the case that having women in business leadership positions is good for company performance,.

Eliminating Discriminatory Workplace Practices

June 2019

Discrimination against women in the workplace is a persistent structural and social issue that can start as early as the hiring process.

State of the Worlds Fathers 2019: Unlocking the Power of Men’s Care

June 2019

The third State of the World’s Fathers report reveals new research on men’s caregiving from 11 countries, with additional cross-country analysis of ...

Expanding paternity leave in South East Asia

June 2019

The business case for paternity leave is also compelling. The benefits of paternity leave extend to parents, children and business.

Women in Business and Management 2019: The business case for change

May 2019

This report shows that gender diversity is a smart business strategy: the lack of gender diversity may act as a barrier to enhanced ...

Shifting millennial gender norms: Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines

May 2019

Despite persistent gender inequalities in all three countries, Investing in Women’s  survey data reveals that within this demographic there are many positive ...

East Asia Forum Quarterly Vol.11 No.1: Investing in Women

March 2019

This issue of EAFQ touches on key economic and social questions that affect gender equality in South East Asia and East Asia, delving ...

Investing in Women Phase 2 Investment Design Document Update

February 2019

This updated Investment Design Document for Investing in Women reflects the opportunities and constraints of the evolving operational environments; the policy and budgetary ...

Gender Lens Investing Tool: Designing an Action Plan

November 2018

This toolkit for gender lens investing supports the design of an investment strategy with considerations for how gender dynamics might present risks and ...

Game changers: Women and the Future of Work in Asia and the Pacific

September 2018

This report examines the situation of women in Asia and the Pacific and analyses progress and obstacles in terms of gender equality in ...

The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia

August 2018

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of impact investing activity and trends between 2007 and 2017 in 11 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, ...

Care work and care jobs for the future of decent work

June 2018

This report takes a comprehensive look at unpaid and paid care work and its relationship with the changing world of work. A key ...

Care work and care jobs for the future of decent work: Key findings in Asia and the Pacific

June 2018

This report takes a comprehensive look at unpaid and paid care work in Asia and the Pacific and its relationship with the changing ...

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

April 2018

This report from the McKinsey Global Institute explores the challenge of gender inequality in Asia Pacific and considers what it will take to ...

APEC Gender Inclusion Guidelines

November 2017

This report offers guidance on how to integrate gender-responsive approaches into APEC Fora, Strategic and Work Plans, Annual Reports and Projects. It complements ...

APEC Economic Policy Report on Structural Reform and Human Capital Development

November 2017

This report discusses some of the issues and policies relating to skills development and labour markets in the APEC region. It analyses how ...

Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

September 2017

This report analyses the policy landscape, identifies gaps, and proposes recommendations to advance the role of women in the labour market, as entrepreneurs ...

The “Gender Pension-Gap” in the Aging Societies of East Asia: A Policy Note from the East Asia and Pacific Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality

January 2016

This report presents findings from a review of pension policies and their gender dimensions in eight countries of the East Asia region where ...

Women in business and management: Gaining momentum in Asia and the Pacific

July 2015

This report brings together the most recent statistics, trends and information on the situation of women in business and management in order to ...

Women in the Workforce: An Unmet Potential in Asia and the Pacific

April 2015

This report looks into the complex and varied causes behind the gap in economic empowerment between males and females across Asia and the ...

Women in Business and Management: Gaining momentum

January 2015

This report brings together available data and statistics to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date and global picture of women in the business world and ...

Social Institutions & Gender Index 2014 Synthesis Report

November 2014

This report ranks 108 countries according to the level of discrimination against women and girls in social institutions and gives examples of the correlations ...

Investing in Women: Early stage Investment models

August 2018

This is the 2nd edition in a series of reports exploring the difficulties around raising capital for women’s small to medium enterprises, ...

Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework

January 2018

This report provides a framework for monitoring Investing in Women’s contribution to the goal of accelerating women’s economic empowerment in Southeast ...

Aid flows and women and work in South East Asia

July 2017

This report analyses aid flows to Southeast Asia, and the degree to which overseas development funding is spent on projects promoting women’s ...

Voices of women in entrepreneurship

July 2017

This report examines the nature of women’s entrepreneurship, and the characteristics and challenges that are specific to women entrepreneurs.

Gender diversity in corporate governance

February 2017

This report highlights key research findings on gender diversity in corporate governance, and explores opportunities to improve women’s participation on boards.

Gender equality and empowerment – key concepts

January 2017

This report explores key concepts around gender equality and empowerment, emphasising the dual importance of gender equality policies and an enabling institutional environment.

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