While the lives of women in Asia have improved significantly, deep-rooted issues still prevent them from fulfilling their potential. Over 70% are stuck in vulnerable, low-paying jobs; one in three are victims of domestic violence, and there is a lack of access to critical maternal healthcare, especially in rural areas.
Traditionally, much of the progress in women’s advancement has been led by governments, civil society and foundations. However, entrepreneurs are increasingly being viewed as important players in the ecosystem, with the unique ability to lead, innovate and scale solutions.
Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and Dalberg Advisors have produced a research report – A Gender-inclusive Southeast Asia through Entrepreneurship – using country-level data and expert interviews to understand the critical gender gaps and entrepreneurial solutions needed to advance the lives of women in South East Asia. As part of SPF’s Asia Women Impact Fund, the report outlines a Women’s Empowerment Framework; identifying the region’s progress across key indicators, which aims to inspire entrepreneurs to work on some of the most acute issues women face in Southeast Asia with support from investors and government agencies.
The report was launched at the AVPN annual conference 2019 in Singapore, with guest commentary from the Social Investment Consultancy, WOCAN, UnLtd, SEAF, Criterion Institute and Angels of Impact.
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