Economic Empowerment of Women
We work to remove the barriers that limit women’s participation in Pacific economies.
Economies grow faster with women’s full participation. However, discriminatory laws, social norms, and customary practices, as well as low control over assets, low levels of support and a lack of awareness about how to start a business are limiting the ability of Pacific women to engage in business activities to the same extent as men.
Economic Empowerment of Women at a glance
Women and Business
More women on SOE boards
Leadership potential realized
PSDI’s Economic Empowerment of Women Expert, Sarah Boxall, on 23 April gave a keynote presentation at a side event for the Pacific Women Triennial focused on strengthening Pacific ecosystems to empower women entrepreneurs and women in business.
Under-representation of professional women in leadership and senior management roles constrain women’s opportunities, impedes cultural change, and undermines the capacities and credibility of companies and institutions in the public and private sectors.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (10 May 2019) — Making it easier for women in the Pacific to start businesses and gain formal employment will improve livelihoods and create more open and productive economies, says a recently released book by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).