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. See Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram posts. Download photos from Flickr
Workshop held on gender equality and women empowerment in Georgia
A workshop on Strategies to Accelerate Gender Equality and Women’s Advancement: Innovate for Change was organized on 10 March 2020 in Tbilisi, Georgia, by gender consultant Ketevan Chkheidze, David Urbaneja-Furelos of the Private Sector Operations Department, and Nino Nadashvili of the Georgia Resident Mission to mark International Women’s Day in Georgia. It brought together private sector representatives, as well as the Georgia Prime Minister’s Gender Equality Advisor who shared current practices and challenges in promoting gender equality and women’s advancement in various sectors. The workshop also discussed the need for care economy and women’s economic empowerment and possibilities in Georgia through vocational education.
Session on communicating gender equality in the financial sector held
Awarded Best Communicator on Gender Equality in ADB’s 2019 Shireen Lateef Gender Equality Operations Awards, the Trade Finance Program (TFP) featured its Gender Initiative, co-funded by ADB and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the ADB headquarters in Manila. At this Insight Thursday session, Steven Beck, ADB Private Sector Operations Department's Advisor (Trade and Supply Chain Finance), presented on the TFP’s efforts to support more woman-owned businesses and help close the gender gap in its partner banks’ operations.
ADB recognizes the International Day of the Girl
ADB Youth for Asia, together with its partners, Plan International and the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange, celebrated the International Day of the Girl at ADB headquarters in Manila as part of a capacity-building workshop on youth-led approaches to gender equality.
ADB holds smart financing seminar for women entrepreneurship
ADB co-organized a seminar in Geneva on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, alongside African Development Bank, International Trade Centre, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, and the Rwanda Mission to the World Trade Organization. ADB Advisor on Trade and Supply Chain Finance Steven Beck presented on gender and trade finance, and ADB European Representative Office's Samantha Hung spoke about financial inclusion for women to approximately 100 participants from the international and impact investing community.