“Rising to the Top” – by Astrid Tuminez – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Asia Society

A report on women's leadership in Asia. Feel free to download below.

Foreword: Asia lies at the heart of global growth, and women lie at the heart of Asia. Over the course of the last thirty years, nowhere has the progress been so rapid and yet the contrasts run so deep. While women have made significant advancements in health, education and employment, they continue to lag their male counterparts in reaching leadership positions. The reasons for this are many and varied, but to continue in this direction would put in peril Asia’s many achievements. Numerous studies have now shown that countries with greater numbers of women in leadership positions, across sectors, outperform those that do not. Building on women’s achievements of recent years, now is the time to push forward and to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the state of women’s leadership in Asia.

In that effort, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore and the Asia Society undertook the writing of this report, Rising to the Top? A Report on Women’s Leadership in Asia, which looks at published data on gender equality and women’s leadership in Asia, develops a pathway for thinking about women’s leadership, and draws conclusions with an eye toward the future. While the relationship between the two organizations goes back many years, especially through our connection to the Dean of the School, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, the idea for this report stems from interactions at previous iterations of the Asia Society’s Women Leaders of New Asia Summit.

As women enter the Asian workforce in large numbers and step into leadership positions at institutions across the public and private sectors, there is a growing need for new forums to explore the important role of women’s leadership in Asia. Few professional networks of Asia-Pacific women currently exist to explore and address these issues. To address this gap, in 2010 the Asia Society launched the Women Leaders of New Asia (WLNA) initiative, which is fast becoming the premier cross-sector women’s leadership network in the Asia Pacific region.

Read the Report: http://bdti.mastertree.jp/f/gas7y9t1

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