Investing in Women

The Investing in Women program is an initiative of the Australian government that commenced in April of 2016.

The purpose of the program is to improve women’s economic participation, build markets for women and influence the private and public sector environment to promote women’s economic empowerment in the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia.

The program aims to accomplish this through the following four components:

Business Coalitions

Establishing and supporting business coalitions committed to gender equality

Impact Investing in Women's SMEs

Working with impact investors to increase investment in women’s SMEs.

Government Partnerships

Partnering with government on gender lens economic regulatory reform and women’s economic empowerment.


Advocating and building a business case for women’s economic empowerment.

The project is being implemented on behalf of the Australian Government by Abt, in partnership with Ernst and Young (EY), Metis Analytics (Metis) and the University of Sydney.

The project is managed through the Gender Equity Branch (GEB) of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

By 2020 aims:

  • More businesses achieve gender equality in their workplace
  • National counterparts take steps towards removing barriers to women's economic empowerment
  • Impact investment in women’s SMEs has increased
  • Public attitudes are more supportive of women’s economic empowerment

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