Webinar on promoting gender equality in the COVID-19 response and recovery
ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa on 10 September 2020 opened the joint ADB-UN Women ministerial webinar on Promoting Gender Equality in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery. In opening remarks, the President highlighted ADB's prioritization of gender equality in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Option program and efforts to narrow the gender gap. Senior ministers and government officials from Fiji, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Philippines, and Samoa shared their views on putting a gender lens to their COVID-19 approach. ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Bambang Susantono, in closing remarks, reaffirmed ADB's commitment to gender equality, the Sustainable Development Goals, and strengthening the partnership with UN Women.
Webinar on Islamic finance and women's financial inclusion
ADB's Gender Equity Thematic Group and Finance Sector Group hosted the Islamic Development Bank's (IsDB) Kristonia Lockhart and Syed Faiq Najeeb for a webinar on 27 August 2020. IsDB presented their programs to promote women's financial inclusion and how Islamic finance principles were fully aligned with financial inclusion. ADB's Arup Chatterjee provided insights on the potential for Islamic finance to address emerging COVID-19 challenges and possibility of leveraging digital tools for Islamic finance.
Webinar on gender action plan monitoring and evaluation
ADB's East Asia Department on 30 June 2020 hosted a webinar to enhance the capacities of implementing agencies and project management offices in the People's Republic of China (PRC) for monitoring gender actions in projects, and reporting results in project completion reports. More than 270 representatives from 54 project management offices in the PRC participated in the webinar.
Experts discuss ways to enhance COVID-19 safety nets for women
Greater social protection for women, one of the most affected groups in the COVID-19 crisis, was highlighted on 10 June 2020 during the third and final webinar in a series organized by ADBI and ADB to address the pandemic's safety net challenges and real-time policy lessons for Asia. Amitabh Kant, CEO of the National Institution for Transforming India, described the country's COVID-19 safety net response. Experts concluded the webinar series by discussing policy recommendations for institutionalizing pandemic support for the vulnerable to boost recovery and crisis preparedness.
ADB joins launch of the world's first National Women's Financial Inclusion Strategy
ADB's Indonesia Resident Mission Deputy Country Director Said Zaidansyah joined the Indonesia's Deputy Coordinating Minister for Macroeconomic and Financial Coordination Iskandar Simorangkir on 9 June 2020 in the virtual launch of Indonesia's National Women's Financial Inclusion Strategy. ADB supported the world's first financial inclusion strategy dedicated to women that aims to accelerate financial inclusion for Indonesian women to foster their economic independence, resilience, and empowerment.
Webinar on fighting the gendered impact of corruption
At a webinar jointly hosted by ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity and Gender Equity Thematic Group, UN Women's Gaelle Demolis presented new data illustrating how some forms of corruption disproportionately affect women—such as when access to health care and basic services is withheld in exchange for bribes (which take a greater chunk of women's income) or sexual services. The webinar also discussed evidence linking female representation to better public accountability and governance systems that are transparent and responsive to women’s and men’s needs.
Women's Advisory Committee for skills sector launched in Sri Lanka
To help increase the employability of female vocational training graduates, the Women's Advisory Committee, launched on 13 March 2020 in Colombo, will support the industry sector skills councils to undertake gender-sensitive approaches in building collaborations between private sector employees and public sector training institutions. The launch was attended by the Secretary and Additional Secretary of the ministry, directors-general of vocational training institutions, and representatives from private sector organizations, chambers of commerce, industry sector skills councils, and development partners. ADB supported the initiative under a projected financed by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, which demonstrates innovative approaches for private sector participation and women's empowerment in technical and vocational education and training in Sri Lanka.
India Resident Mission celebrates International Women's Day
ADB's India Resident Mission celebrated International Women’s Day 2020 on 13 March 2020. Two short films were played, an international short documentary, On Her Shoulders, and an Indian short film, Devi. A photo exhibit was also shown of Time magazine covers from the last 10 decades that featured women. Photo: Deepak Kumar
ADB marks International Women’s Day
In opening remarks at a breakfast celebration with staff held on 11 March 2020 in ADB headquarters, President Masatsugu Asakawa reiterated his full commitment to gender equality in ADB’s operations, knowledge and workplace and stressed that gender equality is everyone’s business. Guest speaker Irene Santiago, a global gender equality advocate and Peace Advisor to the Davao City Mayor, emphasized the importance of women’s participation in peace building and the changes needed in the rule of law to support women’s empowerment. Download photos from Flickr