Women’s Labor Force Participation in Indonesia is Only 50 Percent in the Last 20 Years

Suara.com – The World Bank states that female labor force participation in Indonesia has only been around 50 percent over the last 20 years.

“In Indonesia, only half of women are working compared to 80 percent of men of working age,” said Satu Kahkonen, Head of the World Bank Representative for Indonesia and Timor Leste during the Women in Leadership Webinar in Jakarta, Monday (7/3/2022).

Thus, Indonesian women tend to participate less in the workforce when compared to other countries. One said the average female labor force participation rate of other countries in East Asia and the Pacific was around 60 percent.

At the same time, however, Indonesia has made significant progress in educational attainment and in reducing fertility rates, and gender equality has been achieved at secondary school enrollment rates.

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“However, these results have not translated into more and better jobs for women,” she said.

Despite declining fertility rates, he said most women in Indonesia drop out of the workforce when they marry and never return.

On the other hand, the role of women in the country’s senior leadership system is only about 23 percent and only 6 percent of the chief executive officer (CEO) in Indonesia are women.

One regrets that this is because global studies show that having more women in leadership positions will promote social, economic and political progress.

Therefore, there are several things that can be done to increase the participation of women in the workforce and in leadership positions in Indonesia, namely closing the wage gap, establishing childcare centers, as well as utilizing digital financial tools and combining financial products with technical support. [Antara]

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