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ADB supported a three day workshop aimed at improving the use of national statistical data to monitor gender equality opportunities and to assist the government to prepare more equitable development strategies.

The Government of the Solomon Islands has demonstrated its commitment to promoting equitable opportunities for women in public service and education as well as eliminating violence against women, but more needs to be done to translate commitments into actions. 

ADB will administer $3.5 million in grants from the Government of the United Kingdom and ADB’s Gender and Development Cooperation Fund to expand Women and Children Service Centers to 15 additional districts.

Giving women in Asia more opportunities to secure decent, productive work will have major social and economic spinoffs for the region and is essential for inclusive growth, say a series of new studies from ADB.

The proposed Nauru Women’s Policy – which would promote equal participation of women in government decision-making and leadership, improved women’s health, equitable access to education, improved economic status of women, and the elimination of violence against women – was unveiled today at a one-day consultative workshop organized by ADB and Government of Nauru.

As part of their global effort to promote the importance of girls education and to celebrate the International Day of the Girl on 11 October 2013, Intel, Plan International, and ADB will screen the documentary film “Girl Rising: Educate Girls, Change the World” at various community areas nationwide starting 11 October.

ADB will continue to support growing small- and medium-sized enterprises in Lao People’s Democratic Republic with a $15 million loan and another $4.378 in technical assistance (TA) designed to help promote and develop the private sector, including improving the registration of enterprises.

Keeping girls in school and improving their access to technical and vocational training is the focus of a three-day regional seminar being hosted by ADB and Government of People's Republic of China.

Labor and land ownership laws throughout the Asia-Pacific region must change if women are to reach their full potential as farmers and food production workers, says a new report prepared jointly by ADB and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Growth in Asia and the Pacific has been more robust than expected after the global crisis, and must be sustained for the region to reduce poverty and increase prosperity, ADB President Takehiko Nakao said in his first address to the ADB Board of Governors.