Path to Empowerment - Womenomics in Asia

Friday, May 20, 2016 -
8:30am to 2:30pm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW Amway/Emerson Room
Washington, DC 20062
United States

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Asia Society Policy Institute host “Womenomics in Asia,” an invitation only private sector dialogue focused on the business and economic challenges that inhibit women’s economic participation and increased workforce gender parity in Asian countries, and private sector innovations and solutions to those challenges.

This workshop style program fosters a safe space for senior company representatives to share challenges and lessons candidly and follows the Chatham House Rule. We will explore the role that the private sector is playing, or can play, in promoting women’s economic participation and gender parity in Asia. The dialogue will include brief presentations with an emphasis on interactive discussion among business leaders and senior representatives from government and nonprofit organizations. The goal is to examine the issues and help cross sector leaders and identify concrete next steps for action. India and Japan will be discussed as case studies, although the conversation will include other countries in Asia.

Join Ambassador Catherine Russell, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State, private sector leaders and former Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler to discuss women’s economic empowerment in Asia.

A recent McKinsey Global Institute study shows poor levels of gender parity in India. According to the Corporate Gender Gap report released at the World Economic Forum, India has the lowest percent of female employees (29%), whereas the U.S. is leading the way (66%). Japan also has some of the lowest levels of gender equality in the developed world. As a response, Prime Minister Abe’s economic reform agenda includes a focus on policies that increase greater levels of female labor force participation and retention.

We will explore the role that the private sector is playing, or can play, in promoting women’s economic participation and gender parity.

This dialogue will be Chatham House rule to allow a safe space for discussion. We are inviting senior private sector leaders and select leaders from nonprofits, government and research institutions.

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