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Women leaders, gender equality key to creating more jobs in Asia

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Would Asia be better off if it is led by women?

Ms Chiara Corazza, managing director of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, one of the world’s leading platforms supporting women’s leadership and progress, certainly thinks so.

“At the workplace, the share of women working in Asia-Pacific countries (Apac) is 62 per cent versus 78.9 per cent for men, and it’s a gap that has not narrowed over the past four years.

“Gender equality in Apac could add US$4.5 trillion (S$6.2 trillion) or 12 per cent of regional gross domestic product,” she told The Straits Times (ST) last Saturday, ahead of the Women’s Forum Asia to be held in Singapore this week.

“Worldwide, this represents 240 million jobs and US$28 trillion to global GDP,” she said.

Ms Corazza was managing director of the Greater Paris Investment Agency from 2002 to 2016, responsible for attracting foreign investors to the greater Paris region. She also led France’s bid for the 2008 Olympic Games as director of international affairs for Paris 2008.

Nearly 120 speakers and about 1,500 people from the region and elsewhere will gather at the forum to discuss the critical importance of women’s leadership in a changing world. ST is a media partner of the forum.

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