The traditional banking system in India is struggling to meet the needs of under-served communities, including women. Fintech solutions can bridge this gap and expand financial inclusion if pursued carefully and with the right precautions.
Extreme heat has a unique impact on women's lives in Asia and the Pacific. Effective, gender-responsive strategies are needed to build resilience and ensure women’s health and economic security.
In Asia and the Pacific, the responsibility for caring for children disproportionately falls on women, preventing them from participating equally with men in the workforce. Investing in affordable, accessible, and quality child care services will help to foster sustainable economic growth and gender equality.
As developing countries in Asia and the Pacific rebound from the pandemic, public-private partnerships can be an important tool to expand opportunities and improve quality of life, especially for women and girls.
Increasing women's presence in green jobs, particularly in technology, improves their livelihoods while helping meet the demand for labor during a green transition.
As the world commemorates International Youth Day, governments should consider targeted policies, and cultural changes, to address the differences in leisure time among girls and boys.
Gender-focused tax reform can be a powerful tool to empower women, promote gender equality, and mitigate the disparities heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Pacific.
In countries across South Asia, boys are dropping out of school for economic reasons, illness and other issues. This hurts not only families and the futures of these children but the broader economy and society. Governments can take basic steps to help keep boys in school.
Menstrual health is a fundamental aspect of personal well-being. Embedding menstrual health into urban development, water, sanitation, and hygiene programs will reduce inequalities, increase access to education and employment, and improve the overall health of women, girls and others who menstruate.
Boosting female participation in digital and financial technologies through science, technology, engineering, and math education will help overcome gender biases in the workforce and business environment of Asia and the Pacific.