Diversity Asia

Metrics Define the Stubborn Challenge of Gender Inequality in Asia

Despite awareness of the lack of gender equality in the Asian workforce and in leadership positions, the inequalities persist. It is difficult to change a country's culture, especially if the government is not a full partner in the effort.
— By Anna Gonsalves

The lack of gender equality in Asia is not a new subject, but it was hoped that giving more attention to the topic would have led to more progress by now. Unfortunately, that is not the case, proving that overcoming hundreds and sometimes thousands of years of cultural norms is not easy. Businesses that go global in Asia can be important contributors to progress, but first they have to recognize and then address the complex barriers that keep women out of the workforce and out of leadership positions when they are hired.

Women in Asia face cultural barriers they cannot overcome alone. Many societies are patriarchal, and women are central to family home life. Women are also excluded bas...

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