In Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), women contribute substantially in the economy through large amount of unpaid care work, but they remain unseen and unaccounted for in the national income. Unpaid care and domestic work (UCDW) is one of the most persistent and systemic barriers to achieving gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
Ensuring that economic progress is gender inclusive and women are empowered in the economy remains a big challenge in ASEAN. Across ASEAN countries, female labour participation rate is reported to be persistently low with the narrowest gender labour force participation gap in Lao PDR (3%) and the widest gap in Indonesia (33%).
This report looks at the challenges for ASEAN and its member-states to regulate and oversee policy legislation and investments in programmes and services that address issues related to UCDW and to create an enabling environment where it is recognised, reduced, redistributed, and represented as provided for by key international conventions and frameworks.