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Lotus Circle Advisor Janet Montag: “Give Girls a Voice and the Tools to Change Their Lives.”

June 3, 2015

This week in New York City, The Asia Foundation’s fifth annual Lotus Leadership Awards honored two acclaimed women leaders – women’s rights advocate Ranjana Kumari, director of India’s Centre for Social Research, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn. In anticipation of the awards gala, In Asia spoke with Lotus Circle Advisor Janet Montag, a philanthropist and community leader widely traveled in Asia and a former trustee of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. We asked her what she thinks are the greatest challenges facing women in Asia today.

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Melanne Verveer: “No Country Can Get Ahead That Leaves Half its People Behind.”

May 27, 2015

We sat down this week with Asia Foundation Trustee Melanne Verveer, director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, and the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues from 2009 to 2013. We asked her how far women had come in Asia, and how far they had yet to go.

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Fifth Annual Lotus Leadership Awards

May 27, 2015

On June 3 in New York City, The Asia Foundation’s fifth annual Lotus Leadership Awards will honor the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn and women’s rights advocate Dr. Ranjana Kumari. The first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Half the Sky: Turning […]

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Myanmar Election Commission Visits Indonesia

May 20, 2015

Myanmar is preparing for historic elections later this year, but with the country’s limited electoral experience, voter outreach and education are critical challenges. Recently, The Asia Foundation sponsored a study tour for a delegation from Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) to Indonesia, which itself has undergone a democratic transition and recently held general elections.

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Notes from the Field

Educating Young Women in Rural Cambodia

May 20, 2015

The women of Cambodia have made progress in education. From 2004 to 2012, the proportion of women to men in higher education grew from 29 to 38 percent. Yet, as these numbers also show, gender disparity in education persists in Cambodia

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Women’s Labor Rights: The Road Ahead

April 29, 2015

May 1 is International Workers Day. Its origins lie in a peaceful demonstration in 1886 in Chicago’s Haymarket Square that turned violent as frustrated workers petitioned for an eight-hour workday. Since then, workers’ rights around the world have seen significant legal gains, including the right to collective bargaining…

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Drivers and Trends in a Changing Asia

April 22, 2015

Will Malaysia continue its trajectory of economic growth, or will it get caught in the so-called middle-income trap? Will Myanmar successfully shake off the legacy of decades of military rule and violent conflict and transform itself into a peaceful and thriving market democracy?

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The Stubborn Persistence of Gender Inequality

April 1, 2015

Despite the swelling mantra of women’s empowerment, and the proliferation of gender-sensitive approaches in aid program descriptions, the snail-like advancement of women in developing countries continues to indict our best efforts. Microfinance programs, reserved seats for women in parliament, and a raft of…

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World Leaders Issue Political Declaration on Gender Equality by 2030: Asia Foundation Experts Weigh In

March 25, 2015

At the opening of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters on March 9, world leaders issued a political declaration calling for gender equality by 2030. In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with Barbara Rodriguez, The Asia Foundation’s assistant director for women’s empowerment programs, and Kate Bollinger…

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New Report: Gender Justice and Deforestation in Indonesia

March 18, 2015

Indonesia currently suffers from the world’s highest rate of deforestation, from logging, mining, and palm oil plantations, and the impact on traditional communities falls particularly hard on women, who suffer displacement, disempowerment, and loss of land and livelihood. A new report by The Asia Foundation’s environmental program, SETAPAK, explores deforestation’s unequal social costs to women, […]

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