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21 June 2019

ADB gender and climate change workshop continues in Lao PDR

A gender and climate change workshop was held on 18-19 June 2019 in Vientiane, under a regional technical assistance on Strengthening Women's Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk in Asia and the Pacific. The workshop focused on gender and climate change, disaster risk policies, and the potential for gender and green jobs. ADB's Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group Sonomi Tanaka and Lao People Democratic Republic (PDR) Women's Union Vice President Boachan Syhanath opened the workshop.

11 June 2019

ADB opens gender consultation workshops in Mongolia

ADB kicked off on 11 June 2019 in Ulaanbaatar three-country consultation workshops on gender and green jobs, climate change, and disaster risk policies. The workshops are part of an ongoing technical assistance covering Fiji, Lao PDR, and Mongolia, and to strengthen capacity to build women's resilience against climate change and disaster risks. 

10 June 2019

ADB celebrates World Oceans Day

ADB celebrated World Oceans Day with the seminar Gender and Oceans on 10 June 2019. ADB Vice President for Administration and Corporate Management Deborah Stokes highlighted the importance of gender equality for effective ocean resource conservation. Other speakers included KILUS Foundation president, Editha Santiago; Rare Philippines vice-president, Rocky Tirona; and ADB Pacific Regional Department Director Emma Veve. View the event: part one, part two. Read the blog by moderator Anna Oposa, ADB Young Professional Deborah Robertson, and ADB consultant Zonibel Woods. Watch the interview with Oceana Philippines VP Gloria Ramos.

10 May 2019

Launch of Mongolia Gender Situational Analysis

Mongolia Labor and Social Protection Vice Minister Sanja Mungunchimeg and ADB Mongolia Resident Mission Country Director Yolanda Fernandez Lommen opened the final workshop for a Japan Fund For Poverty Reduction-supported technical assistance on gender-responsive policies and actions in Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolia Gender Situational Analysis was launched at the workshop, attended by over 60 government and CSO representatives. The project made an impact on policymaking to ensure enforcement of the Gender Equality Promotion Law.

6 May 2019

ADB safeguards and gender training held in Phnom Penh

A training on ADB safeguards and gender requirements was held on 6-8 May 2019 in Phnom Penh for more than 100 government officials from line ministries in Cambodia that are implementing ADB-financed projects. In opening remarks, ADB Cambodia Resident Mission Country Director Sunniya Durrani-Jamal highlighted the importance of addressing safeguards at all stages of the project from design to implementation and completion, and how gender equality was a core component of the inclusive development. The training provided a platform for participants to increase understanding of ADB requirements, and share experiences, challenges, and solutions to promote better performance during implementation. 

4 May 2019

ADB report highlights trade benefits for women's economic empowerment

ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada discussed how trade can support women’s economic empowerment, as he shared the findings from a new ADB report on leveraging trade for women’s empowerment in the Pacific during an Annual Meeting seminar in Fiji. The panel included Indonesia Minister of National Development Planning and ADB Governor, Mr. Bambang Brodjonegoro; Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Ms. Cristelle Pratt; and Chair of the South Pacific Stock Exchange, Ms. Nur Bano Ali. They discussed strategies to promote inclusive trade, including regional cooperation and donor support, to generate quality jobs, improve women's work conditions, and raise women’s capacity to access market. See slideshow.

4 April 2019

ADB promotes gender-smart urban development in Pakistan

Tourism Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Atif Khan, highlighted the gender-smart urban planning to leverage business opportunities for women in tourism enterprises at the Livable Cities for All seminar in Islamabad. ADB Pakistant Resident Mission's Zheng Wu spoke on ADB's experiences and investments in the urban development sector. Experts and entrepreneurs discussed the strategies for safer, accessible, and affordable, women-friendly spaces and services in the urban economy.

4 April 2019

ADB speaks on gender equality, economic development

ADB's North American Representative Office Representative Bart Edes spoke on ADB's commitment to gender equality and economic development in Afghanistan at a roundtable on Afghan-Owned Businesses Promoting Economic Growth, Stability and Equality. The event was sponsored by ADB, Creative Associates International, and the Embassy of Afghanistan in the US. Speakers included Afghanistan Ambassador Roya Rahmani; Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries Chair, Ms. Manizha Wafeq; and Assistant to the Administrator for the USAID Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, Ms. Karen Freeman. More than 80 persons attended, including 30 Afghan business women who joined via videoconference from ADB's Afghanistan Resident Mission.

27 March 2019

Promoting women's economic empowerment in Kazakhstan

A workshop on Women's Economic Empowerment was held through ADB's partnership with the State Commission on Women and UN Women. The event, supported by regional technical assistance on Strengthening Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia, discussed challenges and opportunities in women's employment and entrepreneurship. ADB Kazakhstan Resident Mission Country Director Giovanni Capannelli gave the opening remarks. The Kazakhstan Country Gender Assessment was launched during the event in Nur-Sultan.

25 March 2019

ADB, Ministry of Women's Affairs co-organize Asia Women Leaders Program for Cambodia

The first country rollout of the regional Asia Women Leaders Program was launched in Phnom Penh. Women's Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi emphasized the importance of collective and focused actions for advancing women's leadership. ADB's Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group Sonomi Tanaka and Cambodia Resident Mission Country Director Sunniya Durrani-Jamal welcomed participants from 18 sectoral ministries and kicked off the core and master trainers' training program.