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Jakarta Post

How tax reform can help advance gender equality

  • Muhammad Fajar Nugraha


Jakarta   /   Mon, May 13, 2019   /  10:07 am
How tax reform can help advance gender equality Gender equality illustration (Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia’s female population (49.8 percent of the total population) is expected to reach 132.8 million in 2019, on par with the total population of Mexico (132 million) or Japan (126 million). Statistics Indonesia (BPS) even projected that the female population would exceed the male population with a proportion of 50.22 percent in 2045. This is an opportunity for Indonesia to level up its economic performance, as greater female representation in the labor force will boost gross domestic product (GDP). Advancing gender equality and increasing women’s participation in the labor force will have an impact on boosting the country’s economy. According to the McKinsey research firm, advancing gender equality in Indonesia would add US$135 billion to annual GDP by 2025. However, the huge potential of women’s participation in the economy is still uncaptured because stru...

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