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Economic Empowerment for Women in Asia08/21/2014
Women's economic empowerment is widely recognized as a key driver of national and regional poverty alleviation and job creation. However, women-run businesses are constrained by a set of institutional and cultural barriers. The UN has estimated that the Asia-Pacific economy would grow by an additional $89 billion annually if women were able to achieve their full economic potential. It is also widely acknowledged that a woman's income directly translates into gains for her family and community. The Asia Foundation is committed to improving business environments that encourage women's entrepreneurship and participation in economic life.