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Jakarta Post

What does it mean to be a gender-smart investor?

Businesses have so much to gain by being run by women.(Shutterstock/File)
Shinta W. Kamdani
Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 21 2021

It seems that women’s empowerment in economics and leadership has been discussed for quite some time. Yet, for investors to utilize the power of “womenomics” and productively leverage their capital under the gender lens has been an underexplored opportunity.

Indeed, investing is part of capitalism, but the question lies in making capitalism work better as a market-based economy, which has been often far from perfect. Therefore, as smart investors, we have to assess opportunities beyond the silo mentality by looking meticulously for risk reduction, performance and accountability and pushing for greater long-term impacts, which go hand in hand with good financial performance.

Women are one of the world's most undervalued resources. Half of the world population is female, yet only 51 percent of women participate in the labor force, compared to 83...

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