Helen Clark celebrates Gender Month at ADB
Former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addressed a crowd of 600 as Gender Month’s Distinguished Speaker on 16 March 2018 in HQ. Ms. Clark highlighted policies and laws that can help break glass ceilings and support all women to enjoy greater work-family balance. She praised ADB for its track record and continued commitment to supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Asia and Pacific region. President Nakao and Ms. Clark also took part in a panel moderated answering questions from the audience on the future of women’s leadership. See news release and photo.
Afghanistan Supreme Court, ADB promote women's access to justice
ADB's Office of the General Counsel's (OGC) Law and Policy Reform Program seeks to promote gender sensitization through training program for the Afghan judiciary, including special courts for violence against women cases. Afghanistan Chief Justice Sayed Yousuf Halim met with OGC's Irum Ahsan on 12 March in Kabul to discuss the project implementation. The Chief Justice extended his commitment and support for the project.
ADB highlights women's role in Singapore event
ADB's Vice-President Operations 2, Stephen Groff, participated in a Channel NewsAsia debate on 8 March in Singapore. The new social compact explores how the social contracts between governments and people are changing due to disruptive changes in the Asia-Pacific region such as aging societies and artificial intelligence. VP Groff also joined as a panelist at a women’s day special discussion on Investing in Women, organized by The Impact Investing Exchange at the Singapore Management University. The panelists had an informative discussion where the VP was asked why ADB believed in investing in women both organizationally and in the Asia and Pacific region. The VP emphasized ADB’s diversity and inclusion policy and gender goals as well as its approaches to incorporating gender goals in project design and policies.
ADB marks International Women’s Day
President Nakao led ADB’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March at its headquarters in Manila, stating that gender equality is his priority. He urged all staff, managers, and vice-presidents to make determined efforts to achieve gender equality. Guest speaker Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, drew on her personal journey to share how women leaders can promote positive change in their communities and in society. See news release and photo.
European Investment Bank and ADB hold gender learning event
ADB's Independent Evaluation Department (IED), in partnership with European Investment Bank's (EIB) evaluation office, organized a learning event, "Investing in Gender Equality: Knowledge Sharing between Europe and Asia" on 6 March in Luxembourg. Discussions focused on challenges and opportunities of integrating gender in the operations of international and development financial institutions. ADB's IED Deputy Director General Veronique Salze-Lozac'h moderated the panel on the operational perspective and offered concluding remarks, together with EIB Inspector General Jan Willem van der Kaaij. More than 100 participants from public and private sector, academia, and civil society attended the activity.
ADB publication launched on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in the Energy Sector in Nepal
The publication launched on 28 February in Kathmandu assesses the current status and challenges in mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion in the energy sector. It also aims to inform policy dialogue and project design for inclusive results. Nepal Energy Ministry Joint Secretary Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, Executive Director Ram Prasad Dhital of Alternative Energy Promotion Center, government officials, NGOs, development partners, and media attended the event. ADB Nepal Resident Mission Country Director Mukhtor Khamudkhanov gave the opening remarks. Read the news release.
ADB joins EU regional seminar for East and South East Asia
ADB Viet Nam Resident Mission Country Director Eric Sidgwick highlighted ADB's work on gender equality and women's empowerment, including in Viet Nam, at a panel discussion on 27 February in Ha Noi. The panel on gender is part of the regional seminar conducted by the EU for the Heads of Delegation from East and South East Asia delegations. Representatives from civil society, UN Women, ASEAN, and the EU participated in the event.
ADB supports enforcement of gender equality legislation in Mongolia
Mongolia's Gender and Development National Forum was held on 1 February in Ulaanbaatar, with support from ADB and organized under the auspices of Mongolia Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa. The forum launched the National Program on Gender Equality 2017-2021 to strengthen cross-sectoral coordination for gender policies in the country. ADB's Mongolia Resident Mission Country Director Yolanda Fernandez Lommen delivered the opening remarks at the event, attended by about 500 representatives from the government, civil society, and development partners.
UN Women, ADB, and Viet Nam's Transport Ministry conduct gender responsive budgeting workshop in Ha Noi
ADB partnered with UN Women and Viet Nam's Ministry of Transport in a workshop held on 6-8 December in Ha Noi to introduce gender responsive budgeting. The workshop was supported under the Viet Nam Improving Public Expenditure Quality Program. Deputies from National Assembly, officials from the ministries of Finance, Planning and Investment, Transport, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Invalids and Social Affairs; Women's Unions; civil society; and provincial governments attended the event.
ADB Tajikistan Resident Mission joins 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign
ADB supports the joint campaign Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women in Tajikistan together with the government, civil society, and development partners. The campaign started on 25 November, and will run until 10 December. The ADB-supported activities included distribution of orange scarfs, leaflets, and orange public taxis.