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Women’s empowerment and gender equality represent long-standing global challenges on which significant progress has been made over the past few decades, albeit slowly and sporadically; however, this progress continues to be undermined by institutionalized unequal gender power relations based on social norms and practices. In the light of the current state of the world, where systemic oppression, ongoing conflicts, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and other epidemics...
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This report explores some key indicators of women’s economic empowerment in labour markets and women’s political participation and economic leadership in the Indian Ocean Rim region through three dimensions: resources, agency, and achievements. It highlights good practices, case studies, and challenges and opportunities for investments and initiatives, and provides key recommendations for Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member States and other stakeholders to realize women’s economic empowerment in the region.