Inequality remains a challenge across the world. The East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region is not an exception. In the Pacific, two out of three women experience violence in their lifetime and places such as Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands rank at the very bottom of global indices for women’s economic opportunity. In Myanmar, only three out of the 100 largest Myanmar companies are run by female CEOs while socio-cultural norms, especially around childcare, affect women’s access to education and jobs. In Vietnam, the financing gap for women-owned enterprises is estimated at $1.2 billion.
Overall, in Asia Pacific, advancing women’s equality could add $4.5 trillion to their collective annual GDP in 2025, a 12% increase over the business-as-usual trajectory.
IFC works with partners in the private sector to close gender gaps, advance gender equality as smart business, and improve women’s access to more and better jobs. In EAP, we focus on building the business case for gender equality in the workplace by providing research and case studies that demonstrate how it can drive productivity, profitability, and performance
We promote peer learning platforms which enable companies to distil best practice, learn from each other, and drive positive change. We also provide tools and resources to recruit, retain, and promote women.
We work with companies to identify gender-smart solutions. We help them assess their needs and develop tailored action plans using methodologies such as EDGE, the world’s leading certification for gender equality at the workplace. We advise them on how to increase opportunities for women by offering a wide range of solutions such as leadership training, financial literacy courses, childcare, flexible work arrangements, and positions in jobs traditionally held by men. In addition, we help companies build respectful workplaces by adopting policies for addressing sexual harassment, bullying, and domestic violence.
We also work with financial institutions. We build the business case for gender finance and help banks develop and promote financial and non-financial products tailored to women as a separate market segment.
- COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence: Workplace Risks and Responses.
- Childcare in the COVID-19 Era: A Guide for Employers. Guide in English and Vietnamese.
- Tackling Childcare:The Business Case for Employer-Supported Childcare in Vietnam. Summary Report in English and Vietnamese
Respectful Workplaces Program
- Supports the private sector in emerging markets to create safe and resilient workplaces through demonstrating the business case for action, providing businesses with advisory services, resources and tools to help them address the issue. Learn more about our Respectful Workplace program here.
East Asia Pacific
Report: Tackling Childcare: Employer-Supported Childcare in Cambodia
- Report: Exploring the Opportunities for Women-owned SMEs in Cambodia
- The Rakorako Peer Learning Series
- Tabu Soro: Building Resilient Workplaces in Fiji: Wormald Case Study
- Tackling Childcare: The Business Case for Employer Supported Childcare in Fiji
- Report: The Business Case for Workplace Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence in Fiji
- Podcast (FemTalk 89FM): Interview on the launch of IFC’s study on childcare in Fiji
- Report: Gender and Microfinance in Myanmar: The Business Case for Action
- Tackling Childcare: The Business Case for Employer-Supported Childcare in Myanmar
- Report: Respectful Workplaces: Exploring the Costs of Bullying and Sexual Harassment to Businesses in Myanmar
- One pager: Increasing opportunities for women in Myanmar [PDF]
Papua New Guinea
- Workplace responses to Family and Sexual Violence in PNG: Measuring the Business Case
- One pager: Increasing opportunities for women in Papua New Guinea [PDF]
- One pager: Improving jobs for women in Papua New Guinea
- Case study: Addressing gender- based violence with companies in Papua New Guinea
- Case study: How NCS drives women’s leadership in Papua New Guinea
- New: Bank South Pacific Case Study: Building Safe and Resilient Workplaces During COVID-19
- New: Solomon Airlines Case Study: Building Safe and Resilient Workplaces During COVID-19
- Report: Waka Mere Commitment to Action
- Study: The Impact of Domestic and Sexual Violence on the Workplace in Solomon Islands
- One pager: The impact of domestic and sexual violence on the workplace (debunking myths)
- Testimonials on the benefits for companies and employees
- Slideshow on the initiative
- One pager: Increasing opportunities for women in Sol Tuna, Solomon Islands [PDF]
- Case study: Gender-smart Solutions at Sol Tuna
- Tackling Childcare:The Business Case for Employer-Supported Childcare in Vietnam
- One pager: Increasing opportunities for women in Vietnam [PDF]
- Report: Women-owned enterprises in Vietnam: Perceptions and Potential
- TV interview (VTC10 NETVIET): Why supporting women-owned SMEs in Vietnam is smart business