International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women held in Manila
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, two-time Oscar and Emmy award-winning journalist and filmmaker, spoke about the continuing violence against women, including honor killings and acid throwing, during a seminar held on 24 November at the ADB Headquarters in Manila on the occasion of the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. She shared how she used filmmaking as a platform to start discourses on violence, and as a means for changing mindsets and initiating legal and social reforms. ADB Vice President (Finance and Risk Management) Ingrid van Wees delivered the opening remarks and emphasized the economic cost of violence against women and how development institutions should start addressing it by integrating gender designs into projects. In closing, ADB's General Counsel Christopher Stephens highlighted ADB's technical assistance on judicial training on tackling violence against women and other women's rights issues.
4th Asia Women Leaders Program held
Twenty program alumnae from 12 countries gathered on 26-27 October at ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines to reflect on the impact of the Asia Women Leaders Program (AWLP) on their journey toward leadership positions. They also brainstormed on the program's next phase to expand the network of women leaders in the region. ADB Vice-President for Operations Stephen Groff in his opening remarks stressed the participants' important role as exemplary models to younger women in their countries. ADB Vice-President for Finance and Risk Management Ingrid van Wees hosted a cocktail reception to facilitate networking between ADB staff and the 4th AWLP participants.
ADB helps improve access to justice for women in Pakistan
ADB's Office of the General Counsel's Law and Policy Reform Program, together with the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, assisted the Lahore High Court in establishing a specialized court for gender-based violence (GBV) cases. The GBV court, the first of its kind in Pakistan, was inaugurated on 23 October. ADB also assisted in promulgating the Gender Equality Policy, the Guidelines, and the practice note to be followed in GBV cases.
Training on gender action plan, implementation, and monitoring held in Vientiane
About 50 participants from the Lao PDR's Sub-Commission for the Advancement of Women from line ministries and national and provincial Lao Women’s Union (LWU) attended the training course supported by a Technical Assistance on Enhancing Gender Equality Results in the Southeast Asian developing member countries (DMCs) on 16-18 October in Vientiane. The training aimed to strengthen participants' capacity to formulate gender-sensitive projects or programs and implement Gender Action Plans in ADB-financed projects. ADB Lao PDR Resident Mission Country Director Yasushi Negishi and LWU President Inlavan Keobounephanh delivered opening remarks.
Learning program on smart grid technologies held in Australia
About 40 South Asia government representatives from the energy sector, including ADB energy, gender equity, and social inclusion practitioners, worked with Melbourne Energy Institute to identify inclusive solutions for smart grid systems. The participants specifically learned distributed energy resources and community energy systems, gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) integrated smart grid projects, new paradigm demand management, and role of consumers and communities as prosumers. The program, held on 2-6 October in Melbourne, was co-organized with the University of Melbourne.
ADB conducts judicial training on gender sensitization in Pakistan
ADB organized the Judicial Training on Gender Sensitization for the judiciary of Punjab province, Pakistan's largest province, under the ADB Office of the General Counsel's Law and Policy Reform Program in collaboration with the ADB Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. Over 200 judges completed 2-day interactive workshops held from 18 September-2 October. The training culminated in drafting of the Gender Equality Policy for the Punjab judiciary.
Mainstreaming gender in infrastructure projects discussed in Pakistan
Over 50 donor representatives and experts discussed best practices to mainstream gender in infrastructure projects at the Gender-Inclusive Infrastructure Regional Workshop held on 16-17 August in Islamabad. Pakistan's Human Rights Secretary Rabiya Javeri Agha, and Planning and Development Secretary Shoaib Ahmed Siddique joined the event organized by the ADB Central and West Asia Regional Department (CWRD). Nianshan Zhang, ADB CWRD Advisor-Office of the Director General and Head-Portfolio, Results, Safeguards and Gender Unit; and Sunil Mitra, ADB Pakistan Resident Mission Deputy Country Director, led ADB's delegation. Pakistan's country gender assessment was also launched as part of gender-inclusive approach for transport, energy, water, and urban infrastructure projects.
ADB attends Masters Graduation Ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan
Thirty students supported by ADB's Western Basins Integrated Water Resources Management Project returned home to Western Afghanistan on 6 August after completing their Master degrees from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. The Master degree program focused on water engineering, environmental engineering, construction management, and agricultural systems. Of the 30 graduates, 6 are young women. All will now take up jobs with the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) for at least 3 years. At the ceremony, ADB Afghanistan Resident Mission (AFRM) Deputy Country Director Shanny Campbell spoke of ADB's long standing commitment to Afghanistan over the last 50 years, plans to support the sector, and how investments to date have contributed toward economic growth and sector development. MEW Minister Ali Ahmad Osmani, along with parliamentarians and community leaders, thanked ADB and recognized its support for the development of the agriculture and natural resources sector, particularly capacity building of technical staff and water users.
KWDI, ADB hold seminar on gender equality in climate change
Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) President Myung-Sun Lee and ADB Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Technical Advisor (Gender Equity) Sonomi Tanaka launched the regional seminar on Gender Equality in Climage Change and Disaster Risk Management on 26 July in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Tanaka highlighted the importance of translating gender-responsive policies into action, maximizing climate finance for women, and setting-up accountability mechanisms for measuring climate resilience outcomes. KWDI's President emphasized how women play a critical role in addressing climate change and disaster risks.