Bhutan Gains Ground on Gender Equality, but Challenges Remain in Key Areas

Bhutan’s drive for gender equality has made good headway in recent decades, but the country’s women still lag men in many areas, including in tertiary education, employment, and leadership posts in government. Read More

Asia Women Leaders Program

The Asia Women Leaders Program on 1-4 September 2014 aims to address significant gaps in women’s leadership in Asia and the Pacific region. Read More

Great Expectations: They Dream the Future, We Build Today

The Asian Development Bank and its partners support young people as they shape the future of Asia and the Pacific by focusing on employment, the environment and health. Read More

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

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