Time of Event

Day 1: 09:00-18:00 Tokyo time
Day 2: 09:00-18:00 Tokyo time


The COVID-19 pandemic has touched everyone in some way, but many of its impacts, such as job losses and care burdens, have been disproportionately felt by women. Nearly three years after the pandemic began, as countries move toward recovery and face new threats, how has women’s economic engagement changed and what policies can promote gender inclusive post-pandemic recovery and resilience against future shocks?

Hosted by ADBI and Yale University’s Inclusion Economics initiative and Economic Growth Center, this in-person only conference will spotlight new research on gender and economic opportunities in Asia and the Pacific, with a focus on gender-sensitive COVID-19 recovery and resilience building against future shocks. It will also include a dialogue examining related policy challenges and possible responses.

  • Discuss research on factors that enable and constrain women’s economic activity in Asia and the Pacific
  • Examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected women’s economic activities in the region
  • Highlight policy needs for promoting gender-equitable economic recovery
Target Participants
  • Researchers from think tanks, universities, and international organizations
  • Policy makers; media; and interested members of the public
  • Greater awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic’s implications for gender equality
  • Identification of policy solutions for boosting women’s economic engagement and inclusive recovery
  • Conference materials will be uploaded on the ADBI website
  • Yale University
Event Presentations*

The People's Republic of China’s Rebalancing and Gender Inequality
Presenter: Mariya Brussevich, IBMEC Business School RJ


Understanding the Gender Division of Work across Countries
Presenter: Charles Gottlieb, University of St. Gallen


How Does Digitization Impact Female Entrepreneurship and the Gender Gap? Evidence from the People's Republic of China
Presenter: Xiaobo Zhang, Peking University and IFPRI


Family business during the COVID-19 pandemic: Role of coping strategies and government financial aid
Presenter: Dina Azhgaliyeva, Asian Development Bank Insitute


Can network ties help women in pursuing entrepreneurship?
Presenter: Juni Singh, Caltech


Learning about Women’s Competence: The Dynamic Response of Political Parties to Gender Quotas in the Republic of Korea
Presenter: Jay Euijung Lee, Stockholm University & CEP


*Disclaimer: The views expressed in these presentations are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), its Board of Directors, or the governments they represent. ADBI does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of their use. Terminology used may not necessarily be consistent with ADB official terms.

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