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Women in Asia still being paid less; few in top jobs

The two billion women living in Asia are still earning less than men for similar work and are extremely under-represented in top leadership positions, according to a report which also estimates that limits on female employment cost the region USD89 billion a year in lost productivity.

The Asia Society survey on women’s status in health, education, economic activity and political leadership urges improvements to ensure the region benefits fully from its underused pool of human talent.

While the status of women varies widely from country to country from one category to the next, overall, "to continue in this direction would put in peril Asia’s many achievements," said the report, compiled by Astrid S Tuminez, a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.