Zainah Anwar talks on gender equality in Islam
Zainah Anwar, founding member of Sisters in Islam (SIS) and Director of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, spoke at ADB's Distinguished Gender Month Speaker Address held at ADB's Headquarters. Attended by over 100 participants, the event marked the closing of ADB's 2015 Women's Month celebrations. Anwar provided insights on gender equality and human rights within the framework of Islam, and her experiences working on advancing gender equality in the Muslim world.
Talk show and film screening on Men and Masculinites for Gender Equality
James Lang, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Advisor on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, hosted a talk show entitled "Why Men and Masculinities? Addressing the Final Frontiers for Gender Equality" on 20 March at ADB's Headquarters. Indian film maker Rahul Roy, Sister Mary John Mananzan, who has been named as one of the top 100 inspiring people in the world, and Perfecto Uysingco of TRIDEV (Training, Research and Information for Development) Specialists Foundation, joined Lang in a lively and bold discussion on gendered norms and expectations for men, known as masculinities, and the importance to address them in gender equality work. Attended by over 120 people, this event followed the film screening of Roy's documentary "Till We Meet Again", which explores the theme of masculinities in India's changing society.
ADB announces gender equality drawing contest winners
ADB Vice-President (Operations 2) Stephen Groff awarded nine of the twelve student drawing contest winners (6 boys and 6 girls) who were present at the opening of the ADB Headquarters drawing and photo exhibit. The exhibit, which features the students' winning drawings alongside photos illustrating senior management/executive directors' views on gender equality, is on display until end of March. The contest, which had 265 students from grades 5-6 and 7-8 draw around the theme: "Color the Future: Women and Men - Achieving togHEtHER!", was meant to entice active participation of school children in marking the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for Women's Empowerment, and was one of a series of ADB Gender Month events.
President Nakao meets with the Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark, opens International Women's Day at ADB
The President on 6 March met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark and UN General Assembly President-Designate Mogens Lykketoft to discuss ADB's work in the Asia and Pacific region. On the same day he gave welcome remarks at the celebration of International Women’s Day at ADB headquarters.
ADB supports first National Forum of Women in Kyrgyzstan
The forum, which was held from 2-3 March, brought together over 1,200 representatives of the government, non-governmental organizations, community activists, private sector, trade unions, scientists, artists, and media from all over the country. It proposed a number of recommendations and actions for the government, and other stakeholders in addressing obstacles to gender equality and to improvements in the economic, political and social status of women. The final day of the forum was opened by the Prime Minister and the former President of Kyrgyzstan, Roza Otunbaeva. The event was supported by the ADB Technical Assistance 7563: Promoting Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia.
Government of Uzbekistan recognized ADB for gender partnership
A certificate of appreciation signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Women's Committee of Uzbekistan (WCU) Chairperson Elmira Basitkhanova was presented to ADB during the Round Table on "WCU's activities under the Program of International Cooperation in 2014". The round table, which awarded a number of development partners for their work with WCU, was attended by 50 representatives from state, donor organizations, and mass media. ADB received official recognition from the Government of Uzbekistan for supporting the development of the country's gender statistics. ADB Regional Technical Assistance (RETA) 7563: Promoting Gender Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia Regional Department Developing Member Countries had been extending support for gender mainstreaming initiatives in the country's national statistics system since 2014. Visit Uzbekistan's gender statistics website.
Training on capturing gender equality results in ADB Operations, India held
The ADB India Resident Mission organized a 2-day training program attended by over 40 participants from 15 ADB-funded project executing agencies along with ADB directors and staff. Participants discussed key challenges in gender mainstreaming, positive practices in gender responsive planning and implementation of project gender action plans. View the agenda.
Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in Bhutan and Bangladesh
ADB, in partnership with UN Women, supported a series of activities to strengthen gender responsive budgeting in Bhutan and Bangladesh. A learning workshop on November 27-28 titled ‘Gender Responsive Budgeting Revisited: Sharing Regional Experiences’ in New Delhi marked the culmination of the yearlong project.
The workshop showcased results of the project’s engagement in the two countries and identified ways to push the gender responsive budgeting (GRB) agenda forward. Twenty-five participants representing the Ministry of Finance, Women, Planning and sectoral departments on education, health, agriculture and forestry in the two countries attended the workshop. Representatives from India and Nepal also participated to share regional experiences.
In Bangladesh, the project conducted a comprehensive assessment of the existing GRB system and identified evidence based recommendations for further strengthening. In Bhutan, the project supported GRB analysis of three sectors – Agriculture, Health and Education.
Operationalizing gender equality legislation in Mongolia
Imrana Jalal, Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), and Tsolmon Begzsuren, Associate Social Development Officer (Gender), ADB Mongolia Resident Mission organized a seminar on "International Experiences and Good Practices in Operationalizing Gender Equality Legislation" in Ulaanbaatar. It was attended by 32 government officials from various Ministries and district-level governors' administrative offices involved in the implementation of the new Mongolian Law for Promoting Gender Equality (LPGE). Main takeaways form the seminar were lessons from good practice examples such as gender-inclusive and sector-specific national strategies and action plans with time-bound and measurable targets. The need for budgeting for gender activities and developing the sector-specific plans were also discussed. See the presentation.