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.
Judges, prosecutors trained on access to justice and violence against women laws in Afghanistan
ADB's Office of the General Counsel, and its Afghanistan Resident Mission trained 140 judges and prosecutors handling violence against women cases in 34 provinces of Afghanistan on 10-18 December. Customized training was based on Afghan and international human rights laws, and Islam or Sharia law. Chief Justice SayedYousuf Halim, Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi, and Minister for Women Affairs Alhaj Delbar Nazari provided support to the training.
ADB participates in Humanitarian Technology Conference of the Society for the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)
ADB's South Asia Regional Department presented its experience in promoting gender equality and social inclusion in renewable energy programs at the conference organized by the SSIT of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers on 6 December in Colombo. The conference brought together 100 technologists, engineers, scientists, investors, representatives from NGOs, governments, academia, and industry. Recent advancements in technology to help improve the lives of the impoverished were presented.
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.