Gender Equality

When guaranteed through equal opportunity, choice and access to resources, women’s full participation in society and the economy multiplies the capacity of all for sustainable economic growth and social development.



Empowering Women Economically: Illustrative Case Studies

The product of a technical cooperation project implemented by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the Governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, this publication addresses the economic aspect of gender mainstreaming, with a particular focus on gender budgeting and women’s economic participation.


Enabling Entrepreneurship for Women's Economic Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

In the national economies of Asia and the Pacific, entrepreneurs are critical drivers of growth through innovation and job creation. Recognizing the potential of, and the challenges for, women’s entrepreneurship across the Asia-Pacific region, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women launched a joint programme to promote enabling policy and legal environments for women’s entrepreneurship in four countries in Asia and the Pacific: Indonesia, China, India and Malaysia.


Asia-Pacific Regional Forum: developing strategies for supporting women’s economic participation and closing the gender gap

Representatives from 10 countries across the Asia-Pacific region joined a United Nations Regional Forum on 17 and 18 April 2013 to formulate policy to create a supportive environment for women’s entrepreneurship.

Held in China’s capital, the Regional Forum on Creating an Enabling Environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific examined key trends and obstacles, and in particular, culled findings from in-depth research on socio-cultural and policy environments in China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. 


Commemoration of International Women's Day 2013

Regional International Women’s Day Commemoration highlights a deaf woman’s testimony against forced sterilization   

“Forced sterilization is a form of violence against women. I will continue to fight as a deaf woman to advocate our rights.”   

Ms Patcharawan Saengsunthorn, President of the Association of the Deaf of Chonburi, Thailand, shared her personal story and showed her commitment to ending violence against women to the guests at the United Nations observance of the International Women’s Day in Bangkok on 8 March 2013.   


ESCAP, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative and FICCI hold national consultation to explore ways to promote and facilitate entrepreneurship among women in India

While women constitute roughly half of India’s population, they are strikingly underrepresented in the labour force (at 31 per cent) and even more scarcely so among entrepreneurs. Merely 13 per cent of entrepreneurs in India are women. Change, however, is on its way.


Strengthening National Capacity to Address Gender Concerns in Meeting the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific

ESCAP, in partnership with the All-China Women’s Federation and the Yunnan Women’s Federation, organized a Regional Workshop to Strengthen National Capacity to Address Gender Concerns in Meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific from 16 to 19 July in Kunming, China.

Factsheets and Statistics

Women in Asia-Pacific: Challenges and Priorities Data Sheet

Since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995, there has been progress in some areas towards achieving gender equality in the Asia and Pacific region. Despite the progress made, however, women in the region continue to face discrimination and persistent constraints to achieving gender equality and empowerment.


Youth voices UNiTE for International Women's Day to end violence against women and girls

United Nations, Bangkok, 8 March 2012 — On 8 March, the United Nations observes International Women’s Day. This year, the focus of the Asia-Pacific regional event was young people’s activism to end violence against women and girls. An interactive panel was held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok under the framework of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s global campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.