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Quarterly Bulletin

Expanding Economic Opportunities for Women in Asia

December 18, 2008 — From farmers in remote Mongolia to factory workers in bustling Beijing, women throughout Asia are gaining access to greater economic opportunities through The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program.

Working with local partners, Foundation programs provide women with tools to be productive and profitable, including job training, networking, credit, and business management training. Projects also educate women workers on their rights and help them mobilize to reform discriminatory laws and demand fair and equal treatment in the workplace. Programs include a rural businesswomen mentoring program in Cambodia; mobile business service units in Pakistan that bring business advice directly to clients; training and technical support for women farmers in Mongolia to increase their household income and reduce the risk of domestic violence and trafficking; training poor and vulnerable young women to
repair motorcycles and electronics in Nepal; establishing a microcredit program that has provided small business loans and basic business skills to more than 2,700 women in post-tsunami Aceh; and, health, education, and counseling services, legal aid, labor rights information, and life skills and vocational training for 850,000 Chinese migrant women workers.

Programs such as these increase women’s economic options to enable them to create better lives for themselves and their children. Read more about The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Program.

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