International Women's Day celebrated at ADB headquarters
At the International Women's Day event at ADB headquarters opened by ADB President Nakao, Haresh Khoobchandani, former General Manager of Microsoft Business Solutions, Asia Pacific and currently CEO of iProperty, talked about his 23 years experience as a private sector leader in promoting gender equality in the workplace, making change happen, and improving business productivity. He is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in organizations as a driver of innovation and success. Under his leadership at Microsoft Thailand, women have come to occupy 55% of management positions.
ADB celebrates International Women's Day
President Nakao, in remarks at an International Women's Day celebration on 8 March at ADB headquarters, urged staff to work together as "one ADB" to focus on ADB's performance in gender mainstreaming in operations. He asked all departments to adhere to their commitment to achieve new gender targets to increase the number of female ADB staff. See the photo.
2016 Shireen Lateef Gender Equality Operations Awards presented
The Gender Equality Operations Awards were presented by ADB's Thematic Advisor on Gender Equity Sonomi Tanaka on 9 February 2017 at the ADB Headquarters to distinguished ADB personnel to recognize and celebrate their outstanding work to promote and support ADB’s gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda. Since 2016, the awards have been given in honor of the late Shireen Lateef, architect of ADB’s Policy on Gender and Development, which provides the guiding framework for ADB’s gender and development activities. View the award winners and the projects.
ADB's Armenia Resident Mission's campaign against gender-based violence
ADB's Armenia Resident Mission joins the worldwide 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. Sixteen high profile people drawn from international development partners, local NGOs, members of the National Assembly and government ministers, and ADB's Armenia Resident Mission featured messages from each on social media to raise awareness and express solidarity. The initiative was supported under ADB's regional technical assistance on Strengthening Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia. View the campaign.
Workshop on gender-responsive climate mitigation held in Viet Nam
ADB, together with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, hosted a workshop on Gender-Responsive Climate Change Mitigation in Asia and Beyond, on 19-20 December in Ha Noi to share lessons learned from ADB Southeast Asia Regional Department - Urban Development and Water Division's (SEUW) regional technical assistance project. Funded by Nordic Development Fund, the project employs a unique partnership model that engages women in more inclusive climate institutions, policies and projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. ADB Viet Nam Resident Mission Country Director Eric Sidgwick emphasized that climate change is one of the foremost challenges to development, where it is particularly true in Viet Nam. He also noted the importance to recognize women as change agents that make Viet Nam resilient and low carbon. ADB SEUW's Linda Adams, project manager, highlighted that the workshop aimed to create a marketplace for government policymakers, civil society, and distinguished experts from Green Climate Fund, International Union for Conservation of Nature, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Women, Women's Environment and Development Organization, and Heinrich Böll Stiftung to scale up gender-responsive mitigation actions and funding.
Project on Kyrgyz women entrepreneurship discussed
Kyrgyz Republic Economy Minister and ADB Alternate Governor Arzybek Orozbekovich Kojoshev stressed women entrepreneurs' role in the country's social and economic development at the conference on 6 December in Bishkek. Kyrgyz Republic Resident Mission Country Director Candice McDeigan highlighted the project achievements in developing innovative financial and non-financial services to improve business environment. Over 65 representatives from government, development partners, financial institutions, and civil society participated in the event.
Gender equity through legal literacy in Asia
ADB Office of the General Counsel's Irum Ahsan on 6 December delivered a presentation, Gender Equity Through Legal Literacy in Asia, in which she shared her takeaways on why an organic, outside-the-box, and balancing-the-scale approach is needed to achieve a more inclusive society in Asia and the Pacific. She discussed how OGC Law and Policy Reform Team promotes gender equality, legal literacy, and women's access to justice in South Asia. Members of the US Government, research institutions, NGOs, private sector, and academia participated in the discussion in Washington, DC.
Economic case for promoting LGBT inclusion discussed
Economics professor of Williams Institute, Lee Badgett, highlighted in the seminar the economic cost of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) stigma and exclusion at the personal, corporate, country, and cross-country levels. A panel of experts comprising the Philippines' first transgender legislator Geraldine Roman, LGBT Chamber of Commerce's Brian Tenorio, and ADB Office of the General Counsel's Jogendra Ghimire spoke at the event, attended by about 200 participants on 5 December at the ADB headquarters in Manila. ADB Managing Director General Juan Miranda who opened the Seminar stressed the importance of learning and inclusion.
ADB supports Gender Equality Act in Maldives
The Gender Equality Act provides the legislative basis for combatting gender-based discrimination and addressing structural inequalities and discriminatory practices toward women. Passed by the parliament in August 2016, it marks the culmination of support under ADB's technical assistance led by ADB South Asia Regional Department's Francesco Tornieri and Office of the General Counsel's Patricia Rhee. This legislation is part of Maldives' continuing efforts to achieve gender equality.