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17 September 2019

ADB holds first gender mainstreaming workshop for private sector in Georgia

ADB Georgia Resident Mission Country Director Yesim Elhan-Kayalar in Tbilisi gave the opening remarks at a private sector infrastructure workshop where she highlighted ADB’s growing support for gender equity in its sovereign, non-sovereign operations, and knowledge services. ADB Private Sector Operations Department's David Urbaneja-Furelos and ADB Georgia Resident Mission's Ketevan Chkheidze led a session that focused on increasing awareness on integration of gender. The event was supported by the regional technical assistance Strengthening Gender Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia.

17 September 2019

ADB presents at International Women's Cooperation Forum in Mongolia

Mongolia Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa in Ulaanbaatar opened the first International Women's Cooperation Forum For a Better Future, jointly organized by the Mongolian Women's Association, National Committee on Gender Equality and the UN. The forum attracted more than 1000 delegates from 10 countries. ADB Mongolia Resident Mission's Declan Magee presented on ways to Increasing Economic Participation of Women in Asia and the Pacific.

9 September 2019

Naila Kabeer, ADB’s Distinguished Gender Speaker 2019 at Asia-Pacific Social Protection Week and Technical Seminar

Naila Kabeer, professor of gender and international development at the London School of Economics, is the 2019 ADB Distinguished Gender Speaker. She delivered the keynote presentation at the Asia-Pacific Social Protection Week (APSP) at the session on social protection and gender equality where she discussed a life-course and gender approach to social protection. She also presented her latest research assessing randomized control trials and qualitative evaluations on gender and poverty at a technical seminar jointly organized by ADB's Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department and its Gender Equity Thematic Group on 10 September. See photos and video of APSP session with Naila Kabeer and a panel discussion.

3 September 2019

Panel held in Manila to discuss gender equality in the digital transformation

A panel discussion at the Digital Development Week 2019 examined promising strategies that are helping to open more opportunities for women's empowerment in the digital economy in Asia and the Pacific and how ADB operations can ensure that digital technologies effectively contribute to narrowing existing gender gaps.

3 September 2019

ADB Trade Finance Program presents Gender Champion Award to Habib Bank Ltd.

ADB's Trade Finance Program gave an award for the Gender Champion, along with awards for the Best SME Deal, Best Green Deal, and others to client and partner banks. The Gender Champion Award was presented to Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Pakistan, selected by a special panel. "Employer Choice for All" is the gender diversity vision of HBL. 18% of HBL’s total management workforce are female, with a steady increase since 2014 due to concentrated hiring and retention efforts. HBL also plays a leading role in ensuring access of women to financing.  Sponsored by eight commercial banks, the event involved 170 participants representing 60 banks.

26 August 2019

Gender Community Exchange Week 2019 presents new directions for gender equality agenda

ADB's Gender Equity Thematic Group held weeklong discussions from 26-29 August at ADB headquarters, Manila on the strategic priorities and approaches, challenges, and delivery of gender equality and women empowerment commitments outlined in Strategy 2030. VP Bambang Susantono opened the program, highlighting the importance of knowledge solutions and integrated approaches to accelerate results, noting that gender equality is part of everyone’s agenda across all sectors and themes. More than 60 staff from headquarters and resident missions participated in the event. See photos.

12 August 2019

Workshop to strengthen capacity for gender action plan implementation and monitoring in Lao PDR

Lao PDR Deputy Director General of Higher Education Department, Seng Xiong Chunou, and ADB Lao PDR Resident Mission's Januar Hakim delivered the opening remarks for a workshop in Vientiane that discussed the tools used for better implementation of gender action plans based on lessons learned from the Second Strengthening Higher Education Project. More than 20 officials from the ministry and four participating universities attended the workshop.

9 August 2019

Tajikistan starts the maternal and child health integrated care initiative financed by ADB

Tajikistan's Minister of Health and Social Protection of the Population Nasim Olimzoda, ADB Tajikistan Resident Mission's Raza Farrukh, and Eiko Izawa of ADB Central and West Asia Regional Department marked the start of the project implementation in Dushanbe at an event attended by government officials and development partners. The $32 million grant project will help improve coverage of women and children with quality healthcare in the country.

31 July 2019

ADB partners with Pakistan to establish gender-based violence district courts

ADB's Law and Policy Reform Program and ADB Pakistan Resident Missionz (PRM) concluded a nationwide judicial training program in Lahore, Access to Justice and Gender-Based Violence Laws, in preparation for the establishment of gender-based violence courts in 116 districts. ADB PRM Country Director Xiaohong Yang and Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa delivered remarks at the closing ceremony.

29 July 2019

ADB co-hosts women's business leadership training in Papua New Guinea

ADB's Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative and Papua New Guinea's Business Coalition for Women held a training program, The Senior Women's Business Leadership Program, on 29 July 2019 in Port Moresby. The program aimed to help professional women move into senior leadership roles, and included topics like business diversity, contract law, and corporate governance.