Establishing proper laws and abolishing discriminatory mindsets are the only ways to eradicate gender gaps in ASEAN and fully realise women’s potential in the workplace. Young girls should be given access to quality education and equal opportunities to further their studies as opposed to encouraging them to leave school to raise a family.
Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS), an initiative by the International Center for Research on Women, explores the potential of school-based curriculums to influence the formation of norms that promote gender equality among adolescents. The program made prominent results in Mumbai and several regions in Vietnam.
According to the UN, investing in education programmes for girls, as well as increasing the age at which they should consider marriage, will result in a five-fold return.
Female-friendly government and company policies should also be in place to enable married female employees to strike a balance between building their careers and homemaking. By doing so, more women will be encouraged to try their hands at aiming for higher roles within their organisations without fear of losing in their family life.