Sustainable and inclusive growth

A collection on gender parity in Asia
Asia-Pacific is one of the most dynamic and diverse regions in the world. However, significant gaps in gender equality continue to remain, both in work and society. How can companies tackle this challenge? In celebration of International Women’s Day, explore our special collection of insights on gender parity in Asia, and discover what it will take to create sustainable and inclusive growth across the region.

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Achieving gender parity in Asia

To make sustainable progress toward gender equality, businesses need to go beyond table stakes. What steps can companies in Asia take to address this challenge?

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Women in the Workplace 2022

– Women leaders are switching jobs at the highest rates we’ve ever seen, and ambitious young women are prepared to do the... same. To make meaningful and sustainable progress toward gender equality, companies need to go beyond table stakes. That’s according to the latest Women in the Workplace report from McKinsey, in partnership with LeanIn.Org.

Accelerating gender equality through healthcare

– As part of this year’s G20 summit, McKinsey partner Phillia Wibowo addressed the W20 working group’s plenary session... in Indonesia.

The COVID-19 challenge to gender equality

– At a meeting of the W20 working group, part of this year’s G20 summit in Indonesia, McKinsey’s Mekala Krishnan discussed... the impact of COVID-19 on women.

Repairing the broken rung on the career ladder for women in technical roles

– Women in technical roles are less likely than men to win promotions early in their careers, and many are exiting the field. Companies... can strengthen workforces and boost performance by reversing this trend.

The state of burnout for women in the workplace

– Women are doing more to support employee well-being but face higher stress levels as a result. Here’s how leaders can help.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Ten things to know about gender equality

– Since 2015, progress toward gender equality has been marginal, and now COVID-19 has hit women hard. We take stock.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

COVID-19 and gender equality: Countering the regressive effects

– What is good for gender equality is good for the economy and society as well. The COVID-19 pandemic puts that truth into stark... relief and raises critically important choices.

Parity in a pandemic: An Asia perspective

– Inclusion and diversity is critical for business recovery, resilience, and reimagination—and businesses need it more than... ever in a postpandemic world.

The impact of COVID-19 on women in the workplace in Asia

– Anu Madgavkar, partner at the McKinsey Global Institute based in our Mumbai office, discusses the disproportionate effect COVID-19... has had on women’s lives and livelihoods in Asia, and the opportunities available if steps are taken to address gender inequality.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Confronting the early-career gender gap

– To achieve workforce parity, businesses should apply the same practices they are using against the glass ceiling.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

When women lead, workplaces should listen

– The most valuable lessons of women’s leadership programs are those that show organizations where to improve.

How organizations can advance gender parity in post-pandemic Asia

– Oliver Tonby, chairman in McKinsey’s Asia offices and co-author of Future of Asia, outlines the five key areas organizations... should focus on to advance gender parity in the region.

The future of women in Asia’s workforce

– Anu Madgavkar, partner in McKinsey’s Mumbai office, discusses how the potential for women in Asia to raise their economic... position is great, but automation will present unique challenges for women in the workforce.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation

– Concerted and creative new solutions are needed to enable women to seize new opportunities in the automation age; without them,... women may fall further behind in the world of work.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

One is the loneliest number

– Put an end to the costly workplace isolation experienced by many women by clustering them on teams and improving the promotion... process.

The Power of Parity: Advancing women’s equality in Indonesia

– Indonesia performs slightly better than the Asia Pacific average on progress towards women’s equality. On gender equality... at work, its progress has been above average. It has also reduced maternity mortality and gender gaps in education. But pockets of extreme inequality remain. Closing the gap to the best performers in the region on gender equality offers a significant economic reward. Advancing women’s equality in Indonesia could add $135 billion to GDP annually in 2025—9 percent above business as usual.

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Singapore

– While Singapore has achieved more progress towards gender parity than Asia Pacific as a whole, it still lags behind other advanced... economies. Singapore has an opportunity to close that gap. By doing so, it could add d $20 billion to annual GDP by 2025—or 5% above business-as-usual GDP.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific

– Advancing women’s equality in the countries of Asia Pacific could add $4.5 trillion to their collective annual GDP in 2025,... a 12 percent increase over the business-as-usual trajectory.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Still looking for room at the top: Ten years of research on women in the workplace

– What we know—and what everyone needs to know—about the quest for equality.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in India

– Achieving gender equality in India would have a larger economic impact there than in any other region in the world—$700... billion of added GDP in 2025—but comprehensive change is needed.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth

– A McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality.... The public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps in work and society.