Fighting for Land Rights for Women in Asia

Conservation Update Women Rangers in Northern Australia Building community support for and awareness of women’s role in Indigenous land management. Interview A Woman Scientist Saves Mangroves and Battles Climate Change in Papua New Guinea Mazzella Maniwavie, TNC’s first female mangrove scientist in our Pacific program, is saving mangroves and supporting women. Ethnic-specific compilations of statistics on domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and help-seeking in Asian communities in the U.S. 56% of Filipinas and 64% of Indian and Pakistani women had experienced sexual violence by an intimate in a study of 143 domestic violence survivors.

The Asian Development Bank is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. It assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development. At a broader policy level, a regional technical assistance project helped strengthen regional and national legal frameworks to combat trafficking in women in South Asia.

  • To date, there is no policy that has been implemented on a wide scale, but there is evidence to suggest that changing incentives can help deter sex-selective abortion and correct the birth sex ratio.
  • Driven by our vision of equity for all, our researchers dig into the ways gender shapes societies and the ways people’s lives are diminished by power imbalances.
  • The UN estimates that less than 20 percent of world’s landholders are women, and reports by the World Bank show that in 40 percent of the world’s economies, women face legal barriers to their land and property rights.
  • Another success was the registration of 600 new clients to the Asia Foundation’s Women’s Business Center in Mongolia.
  • The pandemic revealed pre-existing inequalities exposing vulnerabilities in social, political, economic systems also increasing risk factors for other issues such as GBV and child marriage with significant impact on women and girls.

Although there are certainly more opportunities for women to succeed throughout APAC than before, there are still existing prejudices that must be eradicated before gender equality can be fully achieved throughout the region. Statista assumes no liability for the information given being complete or correct. Due to varying update cycles, statistics can display more up-to-date data than referenced in the text. In this situation, Tanha and TransEnd reached out to individuals and organizations for support for the transgender people. “Initially, the response was not encouraging, instead, many around my family and friends wondered, why I had to work on Trans people, who are generally seen as a taboo and socially unacceptable.“ Tanha said.

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They have been selected for their achievements in managing either a business with sizable revenues or a startup valued at over $100 million. T’s been nearly two years since Covid-19 erupted and the world’s business leaders had to come to grips with the new reality. Some have struggled to keep their companies afloat, but others, like the 20 business leaders on the 2021 Asia’s Power Businesswomen list, have adapted and thrived, seizing opportunities in the midst of challenges.

Women and e-commerce in Southeast Asia

Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt, international UN Volunteer Specialist serves as Programme Analyst in Governance, Peace and Security with the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. Alexandra provides technical support to programme development, planning and coordination under UN Women ROAP’s Governance, Peace, and Security portfolio. In 2018, she became chief operating officer as well as getting the title of cofounder. Before Xendit, Wijaya spent six years in private equity, learning skills that she says helped her scale the startup.

We have contributed to a deeper understanding of how men and women make decisions around sex and family planning. And we have worked to improve conditions for women throughout a major corporate supply chain, from garment factory to retail floor. In late 2019, AWC went public, raising nearly 47 billion baht ($1.6 billion)—Thailand’s largest-ever at the time—that the company is using to acquire new properties, pay off debt and do renovations. While the pandemic cut occupancy rates at AWC’s hotels to 23% last year from an average of 75% in 2019, Wallapa is confident of an eventual rebound as Thailand takes steps toward reviving tourism. In the meantime, AWC has signed new hotel partnerships with InterContinental and Nobu Hospitality, adding to existing ties with Marriott and Hyatt. Lee is one of the few women in the upper echelons of the ultra competitive private equity world in South Korea.

She was appointed group CEO in April, succeeding Samuel Tsien, who had held the post since 2012. She started in banking at OCBC in 1984 and became its first China desk manager in Hong Kong a year later, before joining other banks. In February 2020, Wong returned to OCBC as deputy president and head of global wholesale banking based in Singapore, after having spent 17 years at HSBC, where her last role was as chief executive of Greater China.

The “light” walking and refinement of Cambodian women is further described as being “quiet in […] movements that one cannot hear the sound of their silk skirt rustling”. Through partnerships with 10 impact investors, Investing in Women funding of AUD 15.3 million has been invested into 79 women’s SMEs . Partners have put an additional AUD 264 million in private capital and AUD 18 million in public co-investments into these deals. As a result of this work, partners have launched further gender-focused funds currently valued at around AUD 217 million. More than 117 companies have signed up as members of these business coalitions, comprising over one million employees. About 66 companies have undertaken a WGE assessment and committed to over 550 actions.

And so gender must inform every solution, from creating sustainable business practices, to expanding opportunities for youth, to addressing the ever-changing health challenges globally. Serial entrepreneur Ganesh, who cofounded Portea Medical—India’s largest home healthcare company by revenue—took over as chairperson in August.

Based on interviews and focus groups we conducted across the region, cultural dynamics are playing a key role. In China, for example, the gender-equality legacy of Communism opened opportunities for more women like Qunfei to succeed. The rise of more successful women in leadership coupled with cultural influences have also helped shift the wealth management industry’s readiness to better serve a more diverse client base.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown ruined livelihoods, access to education, and employment opportunities, especially for people living in poverty and other disadvantaged groups in India. “For many, it wasn’t the virus that was frightful, but making it through the lockdown and surviving was challenging. The issues of migrant workers in India were very visible and challenging during COVID 19. People walked thousands of kilometers and the authorities have miserably failed in providing relief to these people or protecting their rights.

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We do this by investing in strong leaders and diverse and inclusive work environments, so women can create more prosperous and healthy futures for themselves, their children, their environment and their communities. 21 – 55% of Asian women in the U.S. report experiencing intimate physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime, based on a compilation of disagregated samples of Asian ethnicities in local communities. The present scenario in South-East Asia is still dramatic particularly in the rural and feudal areas, where the tribal chief and the Jirga remain in command. Non-governmental organizations, women rights movements, Amnesty International and human rights workers periodically manage to follow-up the victims of violence and bring the culprits to justice. Interestingly, surveys suggest there are differences in opinion among men and women regarding how gender equality will progress across the Asia-Pacific region. More male respondents believed women in their country had already or would have the same rights as men, while fewer female respondents agreed with this view.