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Maintaining progress on gender equality is key to Indonesia’s pandemic recovery

  • Oliver Tonby and Phillia Wibowo

    Singapore/Jakarta

Singapore/Jakarta   /   Tue, September 22 2020   /  01:00 am
Gender equality illustration(Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia’s economy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that the economy could shrink between 2.8 percent and 3.9 percent in 2020, while Indonesia’s Manpower Ministry expects 5.5 million people will lose their jobs. The key challenge for policymakers will be how to get people back to work and resume economic growth. Maintaining the country’s progress on gender equality will be key to addressing the impact of COVID-19 and driving the recovery. Even before COVID-19, global progress towards gender parity had been uneven. According to the McKinsey Global Institute’s Power of Parity research that mapped 15 gender indicators across 95 countries, in many places, progress had stagnated or reversed over recent years. Indonesia had bucked that trend. The country was successfully bringing ...