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Female labor force participation rate APAC 2019 by country or region

Nepal’s women appeared in full force in 2019, with almost 82 percent of the female population aged 15 years and above participating in the labor force. Contrastingly, under 24 percent of India’s women aged 15 years and above were a part of the labor force in 2019. Interestingly, Nepal also had the highest labor force participation rate throughout the Asia Pacific region in 2019.

More opportunities for women?

With an increased focus on achieving gender equality, more opportunities have arisen for women throughout the Asia Pacific region. Interestingly, many countries across the region had a higher female to male ratio in tertiary education. However, there appears to still exist bias in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) subjects and careers, as there is a low female representation in these areas.

Women in positions of power

Despite the attempts to push for gender equality, there also still appears to exist gender imbalances in many governments across the Asia Pacific region. As such, there was a much lower female representation in ministerial level positions in Asia Pacific countries, compared to the male representation. Additionally, New Zealand was the only Asia Pacific country which stood out as having a bigger female-to-male ratio in terms of political representation.

Female labor force participation rate as a share of the female population in the Asia Pacific in 2019, by country or region

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March 2020



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Supplementary notes

Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Figures based on modeled ILO estimates.

Figures have been rounded.

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