TWEET: #MasterCard survey finds that #women are still missing from top jobs in business & government in #AsiaPacific http://bit.ly/VyX0uq
Women are still facing barriers to leadership positions in government and private sectors across the Asia/Pacific region, according to MasterCard’s latest Index of Women’s Advancement. The MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women’s Advancement measures the socioeconomic standing of women across Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The Index comprises three main indicators which are derived from additional sub-indicators: Employment (Workforce Participation, Regular Employment), Education (Secondary Education, Tertiary Education) and Leadership (Business Owners, Business Leaders, Political leaders). Each indicator measures the ratio of women to every 100 men in each of the 14 Asia/Pac markets covered by the research.
New Zealand ranked first (77.8 Index Score), followed by Australia (76.0), the Philippines (70.5), Singapore (67.5) and Taiwan (64.7). At the other end of spectrum, India (38.0), Japan (48.1) and Korea (49.7) had Index scores indicating that much more can be done to achieve gender parity and there are still barriers preventing them from taking top positions.
At 91.2, New Zealand tops the region for workforce participation and regular employment with over 90 women for every 100 men in the regular workforce. New Zealand women also lead the region for top jobs in the private sector and government with an overall leadership score of 51.6. In 7 Asia/Pacific markets – China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – women are on par or better represented in secondary and tertiary institutions than their male counterparts. Women in Singapore come close to parity, with a 97.8 score – which indicates over 97 women for every 100 men are represented in secondary and tertiary institutions in Singapore.
Georgette Tan, group head, Communications, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, said: “There is still a lot to be done in our region to enhance the role of women across all aspects of society; there are still too few women leaders in government and business, and not enough women-owned and run businesses. There are standout markets which have repeatedly improved in terms of advancing opportunities and access for women, but more needs to be done.” For the full report go to: http://www.masterintelligence.com
MasterCard will also be supporting the Women in Leadership Asia (WIL) Forum 2013 which is being held in Kuala Lumpur on 28-29 March 2013.