The power women of Southeast Asia

IT’S International Women’s Day today. We have many reasons to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. But the fight isn’t over. While this year’s theme #PressForProgress recognises the milestones achieved last year – the #MeToo movement, #TimesUp and more – global gender equality is still over 200 years away. The World Economic Forum estimates the global gender gap can be closed in 62 years in South Asia and 161 years in East Asia and the Pacific at the current rate of progress. There needs to be more girls surviving birth and living just as long as men. More girls entering and finishing schools. More women participating in the economy. More women empowered to take political power. It’s a task that will take every day in the next 200 years, not just on every March 8. Nowhere is this most resonant than in Southeast Asia, where despite economic...


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