23.10.2016

Closing the Gender Gap in Asia

Policies that advance gender equality are central to the work towards social democracy.

  • Photo: Danurwendho Adyakusuma, Unsplash CC0 1.0

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the Network of Social Democracy in Asia-SOCDEM Asia, and the Olof Palme International Center are organizing a two day conference in Singapore, Closing the Gender Gap: A Conference on Feminism.

Over two days starting 14 October, women leaders, policy-makers and activists from across Asia-Pacific and beyond will come together to formulate effective strategies for implementing women- and gender-related policies and targeted measures that truly advance women’s rights and their participation in the labour market, governments and political parties.

[T]he empowerment of women must not have the sole goal to make women into another instrument for profit maximization

For SOCDEM Asia, as a network of progressive politicians, scholars and activists who share social democratic values and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, defining policies to advance gender equality is of crucial importance to the work towards social democracy.

“As new trade policies are being shaped, policy makers have to keep in mind that the empowerment of women must not have the sole goal to make women into another instrument for profit maximization,” appeals the SOCDEM Asia network in calling for the conference. “Yes, closing the gender gap is a vitally important factor in bringing about economic growth. But socially just policies have to look beyond the productivity sector. Care and reproductive work is essential to any society and has to be recognized and valued as such.”

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia

7500A Beach Road
#12-320/321/322
The Plaza
Singapore 199591

+65 6297 6760
info(at)fes.asia

Contact

News

  • 10.07.2018 | Climate change | News

    Action on climate change can boost other aspects of development, if properly aligned

    At a recent workshop in Vietnam, stakeholders explore how to bring together the work on climate governance and the implementation of the Paris...

    more information

  • 09.07.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

    FES Singapore: a focal point for social democracy in South-East Asia

    The FES office in Singapore is the hub for the organization’s operations across Asia, which cover 14 country offices and 15 programmes as of June...

    more information

  • 04.07.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

    FES contributes to the German-Indonesian exchange on how to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution

    Fifty years ago FES first established a base in Indonesia where today it works with local partners on a range of topics, from pathways to fair...

    more information

back to top