Gender and Development

In the Spotlight

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for meeting Asia’s aspirations of inclusive and sustainable development. Gender equality needs to be pursued in its own right for a just and equal society, and for better development outcomes - inclusive growth, faster poverty reduction and Sustainable Development Goals.

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Fast Facts

$12trillioncould be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women's equality.
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49%of working age women in developing Asia participates in the labor force in contrast to 80% of men.
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5Female labor participation rates could increase by at least 5% over 5 years if there was equity in law.
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