A new ADB report shows that how women decide to spend time differs to men, and that helps to understand why many women don’t join the formal workforce – and why, if they do, they are still likely to earn less than men and less likely to gain promotion.
Women in Asia are on average 70% less likely than men to be employed, a gender gap that persists despite booming economic growth, decreasing fertility rates and increasing access to education in the region, according to a new ADB report.
Indian filmmaker and gender equality advocate Rahul Roy’s documentaries explore how men behave toward women in the wider context of communities, class identities, and urban spaces. He recently visited ADB to screen his 2013 film “Till We Meet Again” and sat down with us to discuss how development programs can incorporate masculinities to truly achieve impact on gender equality.
Over the past two decades, Asia’s booming economic growth has helped reduce the gender gap in many countries. However, there is still much room for improvement particularly in government and in corporates. We sat down to discuss women’s leadership with Astrid S. Tuminez, Regional Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft Corp.
There has certainly been progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted in 1995 – but we still have a long way to go.
Working with boys and men for gender equality is nothing new, but seems to have expanded exponentially as both an academic theme and programming approach over the last decade.
The socialization process by which children learn gender roles and stereotypes starts from a very young age, when children become really aware of their gender identity.
The Asia Pacific region has scored many successes in its march to reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic in a number of countries, starting with Thailand, Cambodia, and India. But the region still faces serious challenges with other countries like Pakistan, Philippines, and Indonesia reporting rising epidemic levels. Initial successes in scaling up treatment and prevention programs have left some political leaders and policymakers complacent.
Land is power—immutable and unyielding. It provides succor and sustenance. Unfortunately, there is an overwhelming gender gap in land ownership, reinforcing the gender discrimination women face in other spheres.
Based on Plan International’s 2012 World Atlas of Youth Policies, fewer than half of the countries in Asia and the Pacific have youth-specific policies. Other countries have integrated youth in their constitutions or sector-specific policies, such as on education, health, and drug prevention. Do we really need to prioritize and direct limited resources to a certain demographic defined only by age?