It’s long been clear that Indonesian businesses led by women face limited access to financing, support networks, and training, and are hampered by societal norms and gender-based discriminatory policies. But why exactly?
UN Global Pulse Jakarta and UN Women Indonesia collaborated on a study to understand the issues underlying these hurdles and to address systemic barriers limiting the growth of women-led businesses that are dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment.
We interviewed 42 top executive entrepreneurs and seven ecosystem enablers, reviewed over 100 reports and articles, and observed many entrepreneurship forums. We found that nearly everyone has different expectations of the growth potential of businesses depending on whether they are headed by men or women. In addition, the system is biassed against women, especially during pregnancy and early motherhood.