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Women’s status risks Asia’s future: study

CEILINGS:A new report by the Asia Society and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy says Asia is limiting itself through curbs on female employment and leadership

AP, SHANGHAI

The report suggests specific countermeasures, such as providing more mentoring, more generous parental leaves, childcare and elder care, and gender-equal retirement packages would encourage women to persevere with their careers to top management positions.

It urges greater education aimed at valuing girls and women on a par with boys and men, steps to end sex selective abortions and improvement in women’s property rights and other protections to ensure they can contribute fully to society.

The report was launched to coicinde with the Third Annual Women Leaders of New Asia summit, which opened yesterday in Zhenjiang, China.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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