Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls is calling for more support for women in the private sector and parliament.
Natasha Stott Despoja says increasing government support for women in the region is critical for the future of the livelihoods in the region.
Ms Despoja is encouraging the private sector to invest more in training up women.
She says she has no doubt that more women in business and positions of power will make a difference.
The evidence shows us that you are more likely to have policies, you are more likely to have processes that are assisting women and their families...you ultimately lead to policy development that greater reflects the needs and concerns of women and their families.