A Gender Agenda: Asia-Europe Dialogue 3

Chia Siow Yue, ed.

This is the third volume and culmination of the A Gender Agenda: Asia-Europe Dialogue project, co-organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) since 2001. This volume examines the economic empowerment of women through entrepreneurship development at the grassroots level. Six case studies are presented on initiatives in France, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and Greece/Turkey. This unique analysis sheds light on the key factors that can hinder or enable economic empowerment and authors consider how to link economic empowerment of women to social change and gender equality. This volume also includes keynote speeches delivered at the final conference in October 2005 in Manila, The Philippines, by Magdalena Sroda, the Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status of Women and Men, and by Loren Legarda, Philippines Senator.

The cases examined in the studies are as follows:
Indonesia: JARPUK (Jaringan Perempuan Usaha Kecil [Women’s Small Entrepreneurs Network])
Japan: Workers’ Co-operatives and Collectives
The Philippines: The Federation of United Mindanawon Bangsamoro Women Multi-Purpose Co-operatives, Inc. (FUMBMWMPC)
France: Initiatives by Women in Lille
Greece/Turkey: Women’s Initiative for Peace (WINPEACE)
The Netherlands: Mama Cash


1. Preface
2. Overview
Chia Siow Yue, Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
3. Indonesia
Francis X. Wahono, Executive Director, Yayasan Cindelaras, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Sri Harjanti Widyastuti, Yayasan Cindelaras
Theresia Puspitawati, Yayasan Cindelaras
4. Japan
Takayoshi Kusago, Associate Professor, Research Center for Civil Society, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Japan
5. The Philippines
Rufa Cagoco-Guiam, Director, Center for Peace and Development Studies; Associate Professor, Mindanao State University, General Santos City, Philippines
6. France
Alain Laferte, Dotroral Researcher, Lille Centre for Politics and Administration (CERAPS), University of Lille 2, France
7. Greece/Turkey
Meral Ekmekcioglu, Founding Member, WINPEACE Turkey
8. The Netherlands
Helene Louapre, Founder and Managing Director of C.O.S.E.; Regional Branch Leader of Arborus, France

9. Keynote Speech by Magdalena Sroda, Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status of Women and Men

10. Keynote Speech by Loren Legarda, Philippines Senator


List of Participants

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ISBN 981-05-6135-0; 198 pages; paper