Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean Rim

Progress and Challenges

Authored by: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Categories: Global Public Health, Human Rights, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Climate and Environment, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2020
Citation: "Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean Rim: Progress and Challenges." The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. December 2020.

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Executive Summary

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) recognizes that women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and is committed to achieving gender equality. However, despite demonstrable advances, the full potential of women’s contributions to the Indian Ocean Rim region remains untapped. While the IORA region is diverse, gender inequalities persist in all IORA countries, as women continue to face structural and institutional barriers to their economic empowerment and the enjoyment of their rights to and at work.

This updated report analyses some key indicators of women’s economic empowerment in labour markets and in women’s political participation and economic leadership through three dimensions: resources, agency, and achievements. The report examines publicly available data and is supplemented with contributions from Member States. It highlights good practices, case studies, and further challenges and opportunities for investments and initiatives to address prominent gender gaps.

The report provides key recommendations for IORA Member States and other stakeholders to translate women’s economic empowerment commitments in the region to reality.