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Gender and Macroeconomics

Despite decades of rapid economic growth, pervasive gender inequality remains a significant challenge in the Asia-Pacific region, presenting a barrier to progress, social justice, and social stability and hindering the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Within the region, women have some of the world's lowest rates of political representation, employment and property ownership.

Studies show that the 2009 economic crisis has also produced gender differentiated impacts. Despite rapid trade and economic growth, inequalities among different social strata – including men and women – have widened. Additionally, women are increasingly facing the challenge of participating in the labor force, while still maintaining their roles as unpaid care takers within the family structure.

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Asia-Pacific Capacity Development on Gender and Macroeconomic Issues

UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) initiated the Asia-Pacific Capacity Development project on Gender and Macroeconomic Issues (Asia-Pacific GEM) in late 2009. The 2009-2011 project is supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund. The aim of the project is to assist the countries in the region to enhance their capacity of gender-responsive policy making and programme development in the areas of budget, employment and work, statistics as well as trade and investment. The project activities include: 1) Regional intensive course on gender and macroeconomic issues; 2) Policy advice and technical support to related capacity development projects at national and community levels; 3) Knowledge management and sharing; and 4) Expert referrals services

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Collaboration Space - Gender and Macroeconomic Issues in Asia and the Pacific

This collaborative space aims to stregnthen the regional network and partnership of practitioners, academics, experts, civil society and activists, who work on gender and macroeconomic issues in Asia and the Pacific. This network has been established under the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre initiated the Asia-Pacific Capacity Development project on Gender and Macroeconomic Issues (Asia-Pacific GEM) supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund (2009-2012). Even though the project ended, the network continues to thrive with endeavors to assist countries in the region to improve the gender-responsive approach to the budget process, employment policies, statistics as well as trade and investment.

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