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Gender equality remains a challenge: World Bank report

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 21 2011   /  08:57 am

Despite an improvement in female participation in the public sector, more effort is needed to fully end discrimination against women, with the government leading the way in promoting gender-sensitive policies, the World Bank says.

In its 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development, the bank says that the Southeast Asia and Pacific region has seen significant economic and social progress, including in gender equality.

According to the report, the region has seen around 70 percent female participation in the labor market. In Indonesia the figure was 52 percent in 2010. The percentage of female participation in education has also increased from the 1 percent recorded in 1970 to 23 percent in 2009.

The figures, however, masked a number of problems.

Indonesian working women, for instance, have lower salaries compared to their male counterparts...