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How Inclusive is Inclusive Business for Women?

One of the inclusive businesses covered by the study is Hippocampus Learning Centres, a low-cost pre-school education provider in rural areas in India. It employs only local women and trains them to become teachers and later as school managers. Photo credit: ADB.
One of the inclusive businesses covered by the study is Hippocampus Learning Centres, a low-cost pre-school education provider in rural areas in India. It employs only local women and trains them to become teachers and later as school managers. Photo credit: ADB.

While many inclusive businesses support the concept of gender-inclusivity, much more needs to be done to ensure that women’s economic empowerment is promoted in the workplace.

Introduction

Inclusive business models operate with the dual purpose of generating a reasonable profit and creating a tangible effect on low-income people’s welfare. As such, they have vast potential to help women in developing countries bring about economic change for themselves. But a recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) study, How Inclusive Is Inclusive Business for Women? Examples from Asia and Latin America, found that only 13 out of 104 inclusive businesses surveyed had set specific targets to promote the economic empowerment of women in the workplace.


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Meet the expert

  • Imrana Jalal    
    Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

    A lawyer by profession, Imrana was a Commissioner with the Fiji Human Rights Commission. She is the author of the Law for Pacific Women, architect of the Family Law Act 2005, and former Chair of the UN Committee on Harmful Practices Against Women, and continues to be a member of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, Women Living Under Muslim Law, and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. Ms. Jalal is also a Commissioner on the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva.

   Gender, Social development and protection
   Last updated: November 2016

 




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