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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Advancing Gender Equality: A Comparative Overview of SDG 5 in Southeast Asia

Advancing Gender Equality: A Comparative Overview of SDG 5 in Southeast Asia

As we strive for a world of equal opportunities, let's delve into the progress of SDG 5 – Gender Equality, specifically focusing on Southeast Asian nations. 

Southeast Asia's journey towards achieving SDG 5 has seen remarkable strides and persistent challenges. Delving into the data reveals intriguing patterns. Country Snapshots:


 Significant advancements with 73.2% female labor force participation rate (World Bank, 2021), but challenges persist in leadership roles.


A standout with 26.5% of board seats held by women (World Economic Forum, 2021), yet gender-based violence remains a concern.


Empowering strides with 92.6% literacy rate among young females (UNESCO, 2020), but economic participation needs further enhancement.

Malaysia: Encouraging progress with 36.2% female representation in parliament (Inter-Parliamentary Union, 2021), yet gender pay gaps persist.

Indonesia: Notable strides, yet challenges in education persist with 92.5% literacy rate among females (UNESCO, 2020) compared to males.

Initiatives and Challenges: Elevating gender equality calls for concerted efforts. some Initiatives have fostered remarkable changes. However, challenges such as cultural barriers and unequal access to opportunities demand collective action.

The progress made in SDG 5 implementation in Southeast Asia underscores the significance of collaborative endeavors to dismantle barriers and foster an environment of equal opportunities for all.

Let's continue championing gender equality as a collective goal, fostering an inclusive society for generations to come!

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