Gender, Voice and Agency: MDB Sponsored Workshop, 2-4 June, Manila

The Multilateral Development Banks Gender Group and their partners meet to discuss key conceptual frameworks, research findings and promising approaches to enhance Women’s Voice and Agency. Read More

Women in the Solomon Islands Train to Become Solar Entrepreneurs

An ADB-supported pilot project in the Solomon Islands is training women to become solar technicians and entrepreneurs. Read More

Cambodia Road Project Empowers Women

Changed perceptions about road construction work enable Cambodian women like Khoun Sophorn to earn money without having to work far from home. Read More

Digital Revolution for Asia's Women: Bridging the Gender Divide

Women in developing Asian countries are being left behind by the digital revolution. This is holding them back and costing society and the economy dear. Read More

Closing the Gender Gap

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for meeting Asia’s aspirations of inclusive and sustainable development. Gender equality needs to be pursued in its own right for a just and equal society, and for better development outcomes - inclusive growth, faster poverty reduction and accelerated progress towards Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) attainment.

ADB has placed gender equality at the “front and center” of its development agenda. Promoting “gender equity” is included as one of the 5 drivers of change in ADB's Strategy 2020. ADB recognizes that without harnessing the talents, human capital and economic potential of women, Asia’s goals of poverty reduction and sustainable development will not be met.

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Key Statistics

1 in 3
girls in developing countries is married before reaching age 18. Half of these are in Asia. Source

35%
of women globally report experiencing physical intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Source

Up 14%
Narrowing gender gaps in employment could push per capita income in emerging markets up 14% higher by 2020. Source