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.



Message from the ASEAN Secretariat

Women’s economic empowerment is crucial in achieving inclusive and sustainable development. In’Southeast Asia, women have contributed tremendously to the region’s economic growth. However, challenges remain in ensuring that women get a fair and equal chance to participate in the economy. The establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has brought about a myriad of opportunities for the peoples of ASEAN. These opportunities are, nonetheless, not a given if women are not enabled and empowered to tap into the prospects of regional economic integration.


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