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Report: Women leading in all sectors across Asia/Pacific Markets
Report: Women leading in all sectors across Asia/Pacific Markets
By: Sahil Shah

Just about the time when the week of International Women’s Day concludes, I am writing this story on how women are signaling enormous strides in the todays society. Recently a report by MasterCard released the results of its latest Index of Women’s Advancement across the globe. The socioeconomic level of women was on the research cards that revealed an increasing recognition for women’s empowerment compared to men in recent years. Comprising of five indicators namely, Business Ownership, Business & Government Leadership, Workforce Participation, Regular Employment Opportunities and Tertiary Education; the research was based on the ratio of women to every 100 men in each of the Asia/Pacific markets.

The results of the research that was conducted were quite interesting where Australia and New Zealand topped the charts with overall scores of 83.3 and 83.1 respectively amongst the 14 Asia/Pacific markets. Following close behind were countries like Philippines (Index score: 77.8), Singapore (77.4) and Vietnam (75.0), India (48.4), Korea (63.5) and Japan (64.8) were fairly low compared to the top countries holding my assumption true. But again while India ranks very low amongst the 12 Asia/Pacific markets, its score has been on an upward trend since a couple of years. On the flipside, China (73.7) has been experiencing consistent small declines in their score since 2007.

Here is a little extensive Infographic that throws some light on how countries stand over the various parameters that were considered:


While enrollment rates for women in tertiary institutions surpass men for most Asia/Pacific markets, women are still underrepresented among small business owners. There is a reasonably high gender disparity in business/government leadership positions. The positive side of the story is that the shift is happening for women in terms of workforce participation and regular employment opportunities. Do let us know in the comments section below as to what do you think will be the future of women in these categories and how well they will cope up with the increasing competition worldwide.