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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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Workplace Gender Equality

Investing in Women Workplace Gender Equality video

November 2020

This video provides a definition of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE), as well as the benefits of practicing WGE. It includes testimonials from top ...

Leading to Success: The business case for women in business and management in Viet Nam

November 2020

This country brief demonstrates the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender equality in Viet Nam considering the COVID-19 context.

Gender Equity Insights 2020: Delivering the Business Outcomes

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. ...

Feminist diversities: Contemporary issues in gender and development

October 2020

The Philippine Journal of Social Development is a peer-reviewed journal published by the College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the ...

Mothers’ rooms: Nurturing the future growth of the workforce

September 2020

This brief is intended to increase access to information about lactation rooms, including benefits and basic requirements for establishment. Based on interest from ...

A gender-responsive employment recovery: Building back fairer

September 2020

This brief indicates four policy priorities for a gender-responsive recovery: prevent women from losing their jobs; avoid premature fiscal consolidation; invest in care; ...

Leading to success: The business case for women in business and management in the Philippines

September 2020

This country brief demonstrates the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender equality in the Philippines considering the COVID-19 context. ...

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, ...

Leading to success: The business case for women in business and management in Indonesia

August 2020

This country brief demonstrates the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender equality in Indonesia considering the COVID-19 context. The ...

Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) in South East Asian Businesses

August 2020

This research aims to investigate the progress of  workplace gender equality across 38 businesses in four South East Asian countries (Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar ...

Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) and WGE reporting in Indonesia

August 2020

This research aims to provide recommendations to the Indonesian government so improvements on mandatory workplace gender equality reporting may be put in place ...

WOMEN IN STEM – A baseline study

June 2020

This baseline study validates the findings of previous studies that the STEM industries, particularly the fields of engineering, architecture and related fields as ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality

April 2020

Prepared by the National Bureau of Economic Research, this paper provides insights on how the economic downturn caused by COVID-18 can affect women ...

2019 Impact Report – Male Champions of Change

February 2020

Male Champions of Change seeks to increase female representation in organisations and to develop conditions and cultures that empower women. This is the ...

SNAPSheet: Social Norms, Attitudes and Practices in Indonesia

February 2020

This factsheet presents notable findings for Indonesia based on a Social Norms, Attitudes and Practices Survey (SNAPS) conducted by Investing in Women.

SNAPSheet: Social Norms, Attitudes and Practices in the Philippines

February 2020

This factsheet presents notable findings for the Philippines based on a Social Norms, Attitudes and Practices Survey (SNAPS) conducted by Investing in Women.

SNAPSheet: Social Norms, Attitudes and Practices in Vietnam

February 2020

This factsheet presents notable findings for Vietnam based on a Social Norms, Attitudes and Practices Survey (SNAPS) conducted by Investing in Women.

Gender inequality, work hours, and the future of work

February 2020

Work hours matter to gender equality, and this report attempts to explain why. It explores the role of time-related policies in reducing gender ...

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 ...

The CS Gender 3000 in 2019: The changing face of companies

January 2020

The CS Gender 3000 in 2019 report presents analysis of data on the gender mix of the executive teams of over 3,000 companies stretching across 56 countries ...

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 ...

Women in the Workplace 2019| Insights

January 2020

McKinsey & Company, in partnership with LeanIn.Org., has surveyed close to 600 companies and more than a quarter of a million people, and ...

WGEA 2018-19 Gender Equality Scorecard

January 2020

Over four million employees, which accounts for more than 40% of Australia’s total labour force, are covered in the latest WGEA scorecard. The ...

Global Gender Gap Report 2020

December 2019

The Global Gender Gap Report measures gaps between men and women across four key indicators: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Health and Survival, Educational ...

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 ...

Women in the Workplace 2019

October 2019

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the state of women in corporate jobs in the United States. Findings for Women in the ...

Determinants of Female Labour Force Participation in the Philippines

October 2019

A study released by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Determinants of Female Labor Force Participation in the Philippines, has identified the ...

Examining the Women’s Low Labor Market Participation Rate in the Philippines: Is Housework the Missing Link?

August 2019

This paper looks into the role of women’s housework and discusses the role of housework on men’s market work in the ...

Employees’ perceptions of a family-responsive workplace and their productivity

July 2019

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) and Investing in Women collaborated on a research on the implications of family-responsive workplace policies ...

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.

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 ...

Women in the Philippine C-Suite

April 2019

This report explains the 4 key interplaying factors – individual, family, corporation culture and societal pressures – that puts a pressure to the rise of women ...

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 ...

Work for a Brighter Future Report 2018

January 2019

This report portrays the urgency of the changes that the world of work is facing, and provides ideas on how to manage and ...

The Global Gender Gap Index Report 2018

December 2018

This report benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, education, health and political criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across ...

Five years of Workplace Gender Equality Agency data

November 2018

This fact sheet/booklet provides a detailed picture of the state of gender equality in Australia’s workplaces. The report is compiled by ...

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 ...

Women, Work and Care (Indonesia)

August 2018

This report summarises the current situation of women in Indonesia and discusses how family responsibilities are holding women back in the workplace.

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 ...

Gender Gap in Earnings in Vietnam: Why Do Vietnamese Women Work in Lower Paid Occupations?

March 2018

This report analyses the gender earnings gap in Vietnam and explores why women choose to work in lower paid occupations.

How the gender pay gap varies across south-east Asia

March 2018

This report provides an overview of the gender pay gap in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, drawing on a number of ...

Still looking for room at the top: Ten years of research on women in the workplace

March 2018

The article provides an overview of McKinsey’s research in the last 10 years on women in the workplace. It presents a strong business ...

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 ...

Filipino women in leadership: Government and industry

November 2017

This report presents current statistics on representation of women in key leadership positions in the Philippine government and industry. It reveals a dearth ...

The Global Gender Gap Report 2017

November 2017

The report benchmarks 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income ...

Moving Toward Gender Diversity in Southeast Asia

September 2017

This report analyses interviews with executives from over 25 prominent companies in Southeast Asia to understand their perspectives on diversity, the obstacles they have ...

World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for women 2017

June 2017

This report examines the global and regional labour market trends and gaps, including in labour force participation rates, unemployment rates, employment status as ...

International standards on women and work in the Philippines

April 2017

This report provides an overview of the international standards on women and work, and explores to what extent they have been implemented in ...

Feminism And Gender Equality Around The World

March 2017

This report provides an overview of the state of feminism and gender equality around the world based on survey results from across 24 countries.

Women in Business: new perspectives on risk and reward

March 2017

This report surveys the role of women in business and considers the issue of risk and reward. The report explores the different ways ...

Towards a better future for women and work: Voices of women and men

March 2017

This report provides a first-ever account of global attitudes and perceptions of women and men regarding women and work, based on the 2016 Gallup ...

Work and Economic Participation in the Philippines

March 2017

This factsheet from the Philippine Statistics Authority focuses on the latest statistical updates on women and men in the country. The 2017 edition contains 84 ...

Globalization and Social Change: Gender-Specific Effects of Trade Liberalization in Indonesia

February 2017

This report looks into the gender-specific effects of trade liberalisation on work participation and hours of work, as well as primary participation in ...

Towards Gender Equality in Vietnam: Making Inclusive Growth Work for Women

December 2016

This report examines Vietnam’s economy through a gender lens, analysing the distribution of productive resources across different groups of women and men; ...

Women and Men in the Philippines

December 2016

This report is the fourth in a series of statistical handbooks and presents the available and relevant gender statistics in the Philippines from 2000 ...

Closing the gender pay gap: A review of the issues, policy mechanisms and international evidence

December 2016

This report reviews the key issues, policy mechanisms and international evidence with respect to closing the gender pay gap. The core focus is ...

The CS Gender 3000: The Reward for Change

September 2016

This report explores the link that exists between diversity and improved business performance, and the measures the progress made on structural changes and ...

Gender Diversity in Boards and Performance of Philippine Publicly Traded Firms: Do Women Matter?

June 2016

This article examines this board-level gender diversity issue for the case of the firms traded in the Philippine Stock Exchange during the period 2003 ...

Getting to Equal: How Digital is Helping Close the Gender Gap at Work

June 2016

This report examines the extent to which men and women have adopted and embraced digital technologies, and the influence that has had on ...

Women at Work Trends 2016

March 2016

This report provides the latest data on women’s position in labour markets, examines the factors behind these trends and explores the policy ...

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 ...

Gender Equality in Recruitment and Promotion Practices in Vietnam

March 2015

This report aims to provide a reliable estimate of the economic costs of domestic violence in Vietnam, including potential opportunity and productivity loss ...

The motherhood pay gap: A review of the issues, theory and international evidence

March 2015

This report provides a detailed review of the issues, theory and evidences around the pay gap between mothers and non-mothers, and between mothers ...

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 ...

Maternity Protection in SMEs: An international review

October 2014

This review provides a detailed analysis of the key international literature on the outcomes of maternity protection in small and medium-sized enterprises, and ...

New Evidence on the Gender Wage Gap in Indonesia

September 2014

This report explores how Indonesia’s economic growth and rapid urbanisation in recent years is contributing to the gender income gap. The study ...

Gender Equality in the Labor Market in the Philippines

December 2013

This report documents the nature and extent of gender inequalities in the Filipino labour market. The report also shares promising initiatives that have ...

Gender Equality and Women’s Issues in Vietnam: The Vietnamese Woman — Warrior and Poet

December 2001

This article provides a detailed analysis of “Vietnamese feminism,” and explores the concept of a positive collective identity of Vietnamese women – something with ...

Women, Work and Care (Philippines)

August 2018

This report summarises the current situation of women in the Philippines and discusses their dual responsibilities in the family and the workplace.

How gendered is recruitment? The case of Indonesia and the Philippines

August 2018

This report discusses the connection between cultural expectations around gender roles and the degree of gender diversity in the workplace in Indonesia and ...

Labour rights for women in the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam: Protection, Equality, Disruption

August 2018

This report considers the relationship between labour legislation and women’s economic empowerment, and examines that current status of labour laws across the ...

Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey

February 2016

This report examines the impact of gender diversity on corporate performance. It uses a global dataset of firms to analyse this correlation.

A look at the #GenderPayGap history from the International Labour Organization! #ItStartswithEqual #InvestinWomen

March 2018

The gender gap in employment: What’s holding women back? Around the world, finding a job is much tougher for women than it ...

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 ...

Myanmar Country Context Paper

January 2018

This country context paper provides an overview of women’s contribution to Myanmar’s economy as farmers, entrepreneurs and wage workers, and identifies ...

Vietnam Country Context Paper

January 2018

This country context paper provides an overview of women’s contribution to the Vietnamese economy as farmers, entrepreneurs and wage workers, and identifies ...

Indonesia Country Context Paper

January 2018

This country context paper provides an overview of Indonesian women’s participation in the labour market and as entrepreneurs, and identifies key barriers ...

Philippines Country Context Paper

January 2018

This country context paper provides an overview of women’s participation in the labour market and as entrepreneurs in the Philippines, and identifies ...

Exploring cross-industry connectedness in corporate governance networks in Vietnam

August 2016

This report explores the degree to which individual directors are sitting on multiple corporate boards in Vietnam, and the impact this has on ...

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 ...

Women’s rights as workers under CEDAW in Vietnam

July 2017

This report analyses Vietnam’s adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women in relation to women’...

Women’s rights as workers under CEDAW in the Philippines

July 2017

This report analyses the Philippines’ adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women in relation to women’...

Women’s rights as workers under CEDAW in Myanmar

July 2017

This report analyses Myanmar’s adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women in relation to women’...

Women’s rights as workers under CEDAW in Indonesia

July 2017

This report analyses Indonesia’s adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women in relation to women’...

International standards on women and work in Vietnam

July 2017

This report provides an overview of the international standards on women and work, and explores to what extent they have been implemented in ...

Exploring cross-industry connectedness in corporate governance networks in the Philippines

June 2017

This report explores the degree to which individual directors are sitting on multiple corporate boards in the Philippines, and the impact this has ...

Exploring cross-industry connectedness in corporate governance networks in Indonesia

June 2017

This report explores the degree to which individual directors are sitting on multiple corporate boards in Indonesia, and the impact this has on ...

International standards on women and work in Myanmar

June 2017

This report provides an overview of the international standards on women and work, and explores to what extent they have been implemented in ...

International standards on women and work in the Philippines

April 2017

This report provides an overview of the international standards on women and work, and explores to what extent they have been implemented in ...

International standards on women and work in Indonesia

April 2017

This report provides an overview of the international standards on women and work, and explores to what extent they have been implemented in ...

Philippine Business coalition analysis

April 2017

This report provides an overview of the Philippine Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment, and explores its key characteristics, challenges and opportunities.

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.

Indonesia Business coalition analysis

January 2017

This report provides an overview of the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment, and explores its key characteristics, challenges and opportunities.

Gender participation and influence in corporate governance networks in Vietnam

November 2016

This report provides an overview of corporate governance principles and structures, and explores how corporate governance connectedness in Vietnam can influence women’s ...

Gender participation and influence in corporate governance networks in the Philippines

November 2016

This report provides an overview of corporate governance principles and structures, and explores how corporate governance connectedness in the Philippines can influence women’...

Gender participation and influence in corporate governance networks in Indonesia

November 2016

This report provides an overview of corporate governance principles and structures, and explores how corporate governance connectedness in Indonesia can influence women’s ...

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