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Fostering Women's Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

Transforming Prospects, Transforming Societies

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Entrepreneurship is a key means through which women can both empower themselves and contribute to inclusive and sustainable development. A vital part of this agenda includes the 61.3 million women who own and operate businesses within the ten member States of ASEAN. It is the particular challenges and opportunities that the recently introduced ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will bring to women entrepreneurs which provide the impetus and focus for this report. The measures set out in the AEC Blueprint 2025 are expected to affect the prospects for SME growth in various ways. This publication proposes critical actions that can be taken by ASEAN governments to address the particular constraints facing women entrepreneurs — in association with the finance sector, entrepreneur associations, international agencies, civil society and other key actors — towards the realization of both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the AEC Blueprint 2025.

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Foreword

Across Asia and the Pacific, women still cannot fully exercise their rights to decent work and full and productive employment. Women’s overall labour force participation in the region is just 48 per cent. Between 1990 and 2016, the female-to-male ratio in labour force participation rates declined from 0.67 to 0.61 in Asia-Pacific. In South-East Asia, the gender gap in labour force participation is 23 percentage points.

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