In Papua New Guinea, women contribute significantly to the economy; annual food production, which is largely the responsibility of women, has been valued at US $55 million a year.
Yet, most Papua New Guinean business women operate informally, which limits their opportunity to access credit, property and justice as well as grow their businesses.
Such barriers prevent women from further economic participation, and are outlined in the 'Papua New Guinea Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessment' [PDF], along with targets, activities and tools to address some of these barriers.
In the Pacific region, women's ability to access and control income, and exert decision making power is yet to be fully realized.
The Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessments for Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu examines this issue by analyzing the constraints women in business face and provides recommendations for IFC to incorporate into its investment climate reform programs to reduce the gender specific obstacles.
For more information, view the Executive Summary.
To learn more about the women's individual stories of entrepreneurship, view Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific.