Empower Women

NAVTAF_LWEPWe have transformed thousands of lives through evidence-based programs that focus on expanding women’s economic opportunities, increasing women’s rights and security, and advancing women’s political participation. The Asia Foundation practices an integrated approach that promotes gender equality across all programs.


  • Increased participation of women in elections, public leadership, and decision-making
  • Expanded opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship, education, and employment
  • Improved rights and security for women

Lotus Circle

The Lotus Circle is a vibrant community of committed individuals and organizations working together to empower women and girls across Asia by supporting The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. Joining the Lotus Circle, with an annual gift of $1000 or more, helps us empower women and girls with the tools they need to change their lives, their communities, and society at large.

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China's women entrepreneurs

Rural to urban migration is a widespread phenomenon in China. According to government statistics, internal migrants account for approximately 20 percent of the total population of China, or 274 million people as of 2014. Over one-third of these are women, who face serious barriers in achieving equity and access to state benefits and social resources. Since the late 1990s, the Foundation has supported initiatives to level the playing field for migrant women in China as they seek higher levels of socio-economic wellbeing. More recently, as living expenses in big cities now outpace wage increases in the manufacturing and service sectors, we are working with local partners to enable migrant women to become successful entrepreneurs through business skills training and mentoring, and linking them with affordable local lending resources for business loans.

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