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In The News

A Conversation with Indian Women’s Rights Crusader Ranjana Kumari

November 6, 2013

The rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in a middle-class area of New Delhi in December ignited protests across India and the world, and three months later, led to the government’s passage of a new rape law that stiffens punishments of sexual violence…

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Notes from the Field

Breaking Pattern of Silence over Domestic Violence in China

October 30, 2013

Traditionally in China, domestic violence has been considered a private issue that should be kept within the household, with any outside interventions left at the doorstep. Despite efforts by the authorities and women’s rights groups to raise public awareness of the issue, domestic violence has long been absent from public or media discourse, and most victims of domestic violence remain silent. However, recent events and advocacy efforts are starting to shake this pattern of silence. In late 2011, Kim Lee, an American woman, publicized her divorce from her celebrity Chinese husband and spoke out against the domestic violence epidemic in China, bringing it to the center of media and public attention.

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In The News

What Women’s Growing Political Representation Means in Indonesia

October 23, 2013

When Indonesians head to the polls six months from now, they will have a record number of women candidates to choose from. Hard-won reforms by activists pushing for increased requirements for women’s representation have resulted in a new high for women candidates…

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Afghanistan Reimagines its Regional Role

October 16, 2013

In the beautifully restored third century B.C. citadel of the ancient western Afghan city of Herat, scholars and diplomats from Afghanistan’s neighbors and international partners spent the first weekend in October at a security conference exploring prospects for the country to emerge…

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Notes from the Field

First-Ever Research Tool for Measuring Gender Equality in Environmental Governance

October 2, 2013

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Gender Office enjoys worldwide recognition for the extensive work it has carried out over the past 12 years addressing gender equality issues within the environmental sector.

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As Election Nears in Afghanistan, Women’s Political Participation Is Critical

September 18, 2013

Last May, Afghanistan’s upper house of parliament quietly removed an electoral law that stipulated that a quarter of all provincial council seats should be allotted to women. When women politicians found out nearly a month later, they fought to have it recalled…

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Notes from the Field

Leveling the Playing Field for Women Entrepreneurs

September 18, 2013

This year’s annual meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) in Bali provided an opportunity to collaborate with experts and practitioners on findings from The Asia Foundation’s recently published research, “Access to Trade and Growth of Women’s SMEs in APEC Developing Economies: Evaluating Business Environments in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia.” The Foundation organized a panel discussion during APEC’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Working Group Meetings.

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Women Biz Owners in Indonesia Defy Some Long-Entrenched Barriers

September 4, 2013

At a time when analysts are monitoring Asia’s economic performance as it emerges from the global financial crisis, a new study from The Asia Foundation looks at a particular limitation in many Asian economies, namely those factors that limit women-run businesses’ ability to achieve their full growth potential.

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New Report Explores Challenges for Women’s Small Businesses in Indonesia

August 21, 2013

In early September, at the annual meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia, The Asia Foundation will release a study examining how a variety of social, political, and economic factors influence women’s capacity to engage in small and medium enterprise (SME) in Indonesia.

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Hope for Afghanistan’s Women Entrepreneurs?

August 7, 2013

As the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan nears, concern is increasing that the fragile, hard-fought gains made by Afghan women will be rolled back. The World Bank has said the decline in foreign spending that comes with the shift will have a “profound and lasting impact” on Afghanistan’s economy. These realities will present even greater challenges for Afghanistan’s small group of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a key economic driver of Afghanistan’s development. They constitute approximately 75 percent of the labor force and generate over 50 percent of GDP.

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