Promoting Women in the Labor Market: Asia and Pacific Regional Workshop

Event | 17 - 18 June 2013 Nostalg Ballroom, Oakwood Joy-Nostalg Center in Manila, Philippines


"Regional Research and Development Technical Assistance (R-RDTA) 7700: Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market for More Inclusive Growth" seeks to identify potential labor market and social protection reforms that will promote decent and expanded employment opportunities for women. "Decent work," as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO), involves opportunities for employment that are productive, deliver a fair income, and provide security in the workplace and social protection for workers and their families.

The R-RDTA conducted a national level labor market analysis from a gendered perspective, of three countries, namely Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Philippines. The national consultants undertook the following tasks essentially relying on desk reviews endeavoring to provide a gendered analysis of labor markets, government policies and legislation; analyze the determinants of, and constraints to, the employment of women; identify and explore at least one market sector in each country which could potentially be expanded or developed to promote opportunities for decent work for women; identify good practice examples from each developing member country (DMC); and provide legal and policy recommendations for promoting decent work for women.

The R-RDTA also included:

  • the preparation of a regional synthesis of the national reports by 2 international consultants with a view to publication as a knowledge product; and
  • the preparation of two reviews, of global good practices of social and economic policies, and legal recommendations that may lead to more and better employment opportunities for women.


The regional workshop, the final workshop under the R-RDTA, co-hosted by ILO, aims to share and discuss with ADB, ILO and DMCs the outcome and recommendations of the studies of the labor market, government policies and legislation conducted together with the recommendations made in the regional synthesis within the context of the global good practices reviews. In addition, the presentations and panel sessions on good practice strategies will seek to address four major problem areas in order to encourage the implementation of practical solutions to increase and improve work and employment for women. The workshop environment will encourage participatory discussion, contribution and exchange on the findings and recommendations of the project and strategies for practical improvement.

Target participants

Open to ADB Management and staff, as well as external participants from the academe, government and civil society dealing with gender and labor. RSVP by 11 June 2013.