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Gender Equality Scorecard Manual

August 2020

The Gender Equality Scorecard Manual is the collective effort built upon SEAF’s work on the GES, a tool SEAF developed to assess ...

Men and masculinities in a globalising Viet Nam

July 2020

This report summarises the findings of the research on men and masculinities in a globalising Vietnam carried out by the Institute for Social ...

CARE Rapid Gender Analysis for COVID-19 VIETNAM

June 2020

CARE in Vietnam has undertaken a Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) of the impacts of COVID-19. The study was designed to provide information about ...

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 ...

Unpaid Care Work: Your daily load and why it matters

June 2020

This interactive tool lets users calculate the approximate time they will spend on unpaid care work throughout their lifetime, based on the number ...

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 ...

Outside Looking In: Gendered Perspectives in Work and Education

May 2020

This book presents research on the apparent lag in the education of boys, the gender differences in educational mobility, the important roles of ...

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 ...

Interim Guidance | Gender alert for COVID-19 outbreak

May 2020

This document enumerates gendered impacts of COVID-19 and includes minimum standards for integrating gender equality into preparedness and response planning process, and cluster ...

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 ...

Gender Representation in Philippine Advertising

April 2020

This study seeks to present a localised analysis of advertisements for gendered portrayals. The researchers intended to document the portrayals of all genders ...

COVID-19: Promoting positive gender roles in marketing and advertising

April 2020

Produced by UN Women, this document provides considerations for businesses and companies, to help them create gender-balanced, socially beneficial marketing and promotional materials ...

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 ...

COVID-19 is not gender neutral

April 2020

Policies and public health efforts are scrambling to catch up with the spread of COVID-19. Hand-washing, social distancing and self-isolation will all contribute ...

Operational Planning Guidelines to Support Country Planning and Response

April 2020

This is a practical guide for United Nations country teams and partners in developing operational plans to respond to COVID-19 at country level—...

‘Gender blind’ coronavirus policies could hinder disease fight

April 2020

Analysing the impact of COVID-19 on gender could be key in fighting the disease. Women are on the coronavirus frontlines as healthcare workers, ...

COVID-19 and the world of work: Impact and policy responses

April 2020

This briefing note contains the International Labour Organization’s preliminary assessment of the possible impacts of COVID-19 on the global workforce.  It proposes ...

Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO

April 2020

An initial assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the global world of work says the effects will be far-reaching, pushing millions of ...

The gendered dimensions of COVID-19

April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected not only the physical health, but also the well-being and economic resilience, of women. Incidents of domestic violence ...

COVID-19: The gendered impacts of the outbreak

April 2020

To fully understand the primary and secondary effects of a health crisis on individuals and communities, it is vital to recognise how such ...

Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women

April 2020

This policy brief explores how women and girls’ lives are changing in the face of COVID-19, and enumerates suggested priority measures to accompany ...

UPDATE: Impacts on COVID-19 on Domestic and Family Violence in NSW

April 2020

Women’s Safety NSW conducted a second survey of frontline workers and service providers to gather information on the evolving challenges arising from ...

SEAF’s Gender Equality Scorecard

April 2020

SEAF’s Gender Equality Scorecard (GES) is a tool for assessing women’s economic empowerment and gender equality within investment opportunities and portfolio ...

Tackling Social Norms | A game changer for gender inequalities

March 2020

This publication is based on research for the 2019 Human Development Report, which highlights how progress towards gender equality confronts moving targets and inequality ...

Why and how should we value unpaid work?

March 2020

This policy note outlines why housework is a social issue and why and how it should be recognised and valued.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

AdReaction: Getting Gender Right

March 2019

This report delivers new insights into the role of gender in brand strategy, creative response and media targeting, and includes analysis of consumer ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

State of the World’s Fathers 2017: Time for Action

June 2017

This report presents a global overview of trends related to equal caregiving and provides a synthesis of global data sources on related topics ...

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.

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 ...

Social Determinants of Gender Inequality in Vietnam

March 2016

This report addresses the question of why progresses has been so slow on gender equality in Vietnam, exploring the challenges and barriers that ...

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 ...

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 ...

Gender in the Midst of Reforms: Attitudes to Work and Family Roles among University Students in Urban Indonesia

November 2015

This report explores attitudes to work and family roles among senior university students in 2004; the year when people were preparing to elect a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Division of Household Labor in Vietnam

October 2008

This study explores the extent of change and regional differences in gender roles in the Vietnamese family based on innovative surveys in northern ...

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 ...

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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