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ASEAN Countries Slow in Funding Women Empowerment

MANILA, Mar 10 (Reporting ASEAN) – In Southeast Asia, women are 8 times more likely to be abused by someone they know and trust.

Despite economic growth in the region, only 73 females are employed for every 100 males – their jobs often in vulnerable and low-paying sectors, such as agriculture. There are only 26 female employers for every 100 male employers.

And of the 800 women who die daily while giving birth, a third of those – 288 women – come from Asia-Pacific.

ASEAN is aware of the issues.

In 2012, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) put together a 24-point Work Plan addressing issues ranging from trafficking of women and children to women participation in politics and decision making. It was a bold step with significant potential.

But today, only about 16% of projects in the 2012-2016 Work Plan has been completed.

Read the first story in this two-part feature on women empowerment in Rappler:

Click here for the second story.

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