capital to improve outcomes for women and girls
across country borders to leverage best practices
wealth holders to support Gender Equality
Our mission is to move financial, intellectual, and human capital to improve outcomes for women and girls across Asia. Members of the Asia Gender Network support a wide variety of causes – locally, regionally and globally. From education to health care, leadership development to improving livelihoods, women in the workplace to girls in technology, justice for survivors of violence to ending modern slavery, each Asia Gender Network member brings passion, action and generosity to projects that empower women and girls in Asia.
In 2020, the Asia Gender Network blossomed out of the desire of our founding members to engage with peers across Asia to change the trajectory for women and girls. Together we are learning from each others’ experience on the ground, collaborating on finding solutions and inspiring others to join us to drive gender equality in Asia. Given the diversity of Asia and the scale of the challenge, we are growing the network, working to elevate local networks to regional conversations, and providing platforms for our members to represent Asia and their causes on the global stage.
The ultimate goal is to reduce the time it takes to eliminate the gender gap in Asia, which the World Economic Forum currently estimates to be 163 years in East Asia. That must change.
It all starts with commitment. Commitment to the vision and to working together. Because we’re serious about getting equality for women in Asia before 163 years. We believe that capital accelerates change. We are committed to this vision over the long run and we have decided to collaborate with each other, learn from one another, and hold each other accountable to this shared vision. We are here to make an impact – the Asian way, for Asian women and girls. There’s such strength in the Asian way.
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Gender Equality Change Makers
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"Empowering women, and ensuring their genuine inclusion in political, economic and social settings is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do."
"Young women cannot be denied education if we are to solve the complex problems facing our world today. Young women and men are our future. Let’s empower them with education!"
"We must enable young women to see all their potential, all their options, all their choices. And it is very important that we engage boys in the picture also, so they change their ideas about girls. Asia Gender Network is a whole set of relatable role models for girls and boys."
"Crisis helps us recognise the importance of including women in decision making. We should use the pandemic to strive for greater gender equality in Asia, so we can build back better. I strongly believe the power of women’s collective voice and action will change the culture of society”
"We need women in all places where decisions are being made and we need more women in leadership roles if we are to move forward towards gender equality."
“We must focus on changing the mindset. As we empower women and girls, we also need to educate men and boys.”
“We must end discrimination and violence against women so they can be full contributors to our society. Let’s deploy innovation and creativity to achieve gender equality.”
“Empowered women are the key to transforming communities. Education empowers women and strengthens their voices and choices.”
“Women have a proven track record for amplifying their impact - they reinvest 90% of their income into their families. To create economic progress and improve outcomes for all of Asia, we need to invest in female entrepreneurs. The Future is Female!"
"The future is technology and we need girls in tech so that it will work for them, for their families and for our society. So we need to inspire and equip girls to be leaders in technology."
“Through cross-border collaborations we can increase our impact and improve the lives of women and girls. To achieve gender equality for women across Asia, we must act together in bigger, broader and bolder ways.”
“When women work together, incredible things happen. As a member of the Asia Gender Network, I am proud to be working to help women and girls across Asia achieve gender equality.”
“Women are poised to lead growth in Indonesia and throughout Asia. Economies and gender equality must grow together. Our time is now!”
"We need to lift women in society. If women are uneducated and unhealthy, there will be a lot of inefficiency and unproductivity. If you can make small changes and start there: just do it. Only by working together can we bring gender equity to Asia."
“We must work together to give women the same opportunities as men. When women are truly independent and to have self-worth, it is good for all of society.”
“Despite being from different countries in Asia, we have a common goal—to empower women and girls across the region—and by coming together as a network, we can accomplish a lot. Our collective strength and action will allow us to be leaders for a more equitable society.”
"We can generate good for whole communities by giving women the chance to have productive livelihoods. So it is up to us to move the barriers women face in the workplace and in the financial sector."
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Asia Gender Network
The Asia Gender Network is powered by AVPN.
We are a unique funders’ network of 600 members across 35 markets who help social investors across Asia to move capital towards impact. AVPN’s mission is to move towards a more strategic, collaborative, and outcome-focused approach to social investing. Amongst other themes, we focus specifically on gender issues. Working with the 350+ AVPN members who have stated gender equality as one of their priorities, we can embed connections to further amplify the work of the Asia Gender Network.