Panel discussion on addressing gender-based violence
ADB's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) and Office of the General Counsel (OGC) organized the Justice for Women: Fighting the Global Gender-Based Violence Pandemic panel discussion on 27 November in HQ. The session discussed how the legal mechanisms and gender-responsive ADB transport project designs can protect women from violence. ADB Vice President (Administration and Corporate Management) Deborah Stokes opened the event. Read news release.
ADB, ADBI hold Asia Women Leaders Program in Japan
Twenty-three women senior officials from finance, planning, and infrastructure-related ministries from 17 developing member countries were trained on leadership communication and negotiation skills, alliance-building and key gender gaps in the 5th Asia Women Leaders Program held on 19-21 November 2018 in Tokyo. ADB Gender Equity Thematic Group Chief Sonomi Tanaka and Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) Deputy Dean Chul Jul Kim opened the event. Among the resource speakers was former Japan International Cooperation Agency's Senior Gender Advisor, Yumiko Tanaka, who gave an overview on why women's leadership is critical to impacting public policies and development of the Asia and Pacific region. The annual Asia Women Leaders Program, which started in 2014, aims to address the gaps in women's leadership in Asia and the Pacific region.
Global Gender Statistics Forum focuses on ADB studies on bridging the data gender gap
ADB's Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department - Development Economics and Indicators Division's Kaushal Joshi presented ADB's new gender statistics publications at an ADB dissemination event held on 15 November 2018 in Tokyo during the 7th Global Forum on Gender Statistics. Japan Resident Office Representative Takashi Matsuo opened the side event which focused on ADB's work on measuring women's asset ownership and a new baseline SDG gender data, both of which contributed to addressing the gender data gap in the Asia and Pacific region.
Gender equality through enhanced access to justice
ADB's Office of the General Counsel's Law and Policy Reform Program assisted Pakistan to establish Asia's first Gender-Based Violence Court, staffed with specially-trained judges and personnel, and equipped with special infrastructure and court procedures based on international best practices. The conviction rate in rape cases increased from 2% in 2016 to 15% in 2018. Watch the documentary on judicial training on gender sensitization and law and establishment of the court for gender-based violence crimes.
The Asia Foundation, ADB launch report on women entrepreneurship
Representative Bart Édes of the ADB North American Representative Office on 18 October highlighted in his remarks ADB's initiatives for women entrepreneurship and empowerment, and its commitment to expand support to financial inclusion for women at the launch of the report Emerging Lessons on Women's Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific: Case Studies from the Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation. An expert panel reflected on the report findings including the most pressing challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in the region, some proven strategies for addressing gaps, and how stakeholders can help women-owned businesses to prosper. About 50 representatives of US federal government departments, NGOs, think tanks, and development consultancies attended the event held in Washington, DC.
ADB cites economic empowerment of rural women and girls in Pakistan
ADB Pakistan Resident Mission Country Director Xiaohong Yang highlighted ADB's support for economic empowerment of rural women and girls, and the importance of gender equality for inclusive growth at the International Day of Rural Women conference on 16 October in Islamabad. Under a regional technical assistance to strengthen gender-inclusive growth in Central and West Asia, ADB joined development partners to support the 2-day multi-stakeholder women conference.
ADB presents on women leadership in water sector in Dili
In a presentation at the Gender Inclusive Urban Planning and Policy for Urban Water event on 26 September in Dili, ADB Timor-Leste Resident Mission's Elsty Davidz-Morato focused on women's participation and leadership in water management in Asia and the Pacific. A video about ADB's support in the water sector in Timor-Leste was also featured. Senior officials and technical staff from the Ministry of Public Works, development partners, and civil society representatives attended the event hosted by UN Women and Timor-Leste's government.
ADB presents on increasing benefits to women from trade liberalization
Vijaya Nagarajan, gender consultant with ADB's Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative, delivered the opening presentation on 6 September at an APEC Women and the Economy Forum session in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on the uneven benefits of trade liberalization. She noted various barriers to women engaging in and benefitting equally from global trade, and highlighted the role of aid donors and aid-for-trade initiatives in overcoming these.
Forum on women and the digital economy held in ADB HQ
In the Digital Development Forum 2018 held at the ADB Headquarters on 4 September 2018, a learning session on Women and the Digital Economy in Asia and the Pacific discussed promising strategies by different regional actors—multilateral development agencies, private sector, development finance institutions and NGOs—that are helping to open more empowerment opportunities for women in the digital economy. The forum gathered over 300 delegates from across sectors and industries to provide a venue for high-level discussions on the use of information and communications technology for development in the region.