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.
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.
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.
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.
Workshops on involuntary resettlement, gender mainstreaming, grievance mechanism held in Fiji
ADB's Pacific Regional Department and the Office of the Special Facilitator conducted a series of workshops on involuntary resettlement, gender mainstreaming, grievance redress mechanism, and problem-solving for ADB-assisted projects on 11-15 March in Nadi. About 29 executing agencies, implementing agencies, and government staff from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, and Tuvalu attended. The workshops aimed to build capacity of the participants in planning and managing involuntary resettlement and mainstreaming gender in projects; and improve skills, knowledge, and practices in addressing problems in projects.
ADB presents at International Women's Day event in Dili
ADB Timor-Leste Resident Mission's Elsty Davidz-Morato chaired a session at an event on 4 March 2019 on gender-responsive infrastructure development. She called for joint efforts from all development partners to ensure involvement of women in the project cycle, especially in planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, management, and decision making. The Minister of Public Works, the Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion, the Deputy Regional Director of UN Women, heads of missions, academia, NGOs, and private sector representatives attended the event.
Discussion on social impacts of climate change held in Manila
ADB's Law and Policy Reform Program hosted a roundtable discussion, Climate Change: Justice for All? on 27 February 2019, to explore the disproportionate impacts of climate change on vulnerable people, women, children, and the poor. Moderated by ADB Office of the General Counsel's Irum Ahsan, Globe International CEO Malini Mehra, Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, ADB Disaster Risk Management Specialist Steven J. Goldfinch, and respondent Shruti Mehta, ADB Youth for Asia consultant, presented human rights implications, effective legal remedies, and ways to improve access to justice. View the event page and video: parts one, two, three.
ADB Youth support Teach a Girl to Swim
ADB's Youth For Asia supported Malini Mehra of the Teach A Girl to Swim Campaign to raise awareness about the gendered nature of drowning deaths, and to advocate that survival swimming and water safety with a gender perspective be integrated into national climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction frameworks. Ms. Mehra swam 10km at Philippine Sports Complex and was joined by Philippine Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. View the event page and photos.
ADB joins launch of women's network of South Asian power professionals
ADB participated in the first regional conference for the launch of WePOWER Women in Power Sector Professional Network in South Asia on 20-21 February in Kathmandu. About 150 representatives of energy sector utilities and public agencies, and technical universities, engineers, and students participated in the event cohosted with the World Bank. WePOWER will provide capacity building support, networking, and mentorship for women engineers for career advancement, research to reform policies and practices, exposure to technology, recruiting opportunities, and access to information. See news release.
ADB addresses World Bank conclave on building resilient and women-led institutions
Addressing the inaugural session in Delhi, ADB India Resident Mission Country Director Kenichi Yokoyama highlighted ADB's experience in integrating efforts to enhance and sustain women’s economic and social empowerment with building community resilience against climate change and disasters, and stressing its potentials and impacts. India Rural Development Department Secretary Amarjeet Sinha spoke at the session hosted by World Bank Country Director Junaid Kamal Ahmad.