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.
ADB supports businesswomen in Tajikistan
ADB, together with the Government of Tajikistan, civil society, and development partners, supported the Farah 2018 National Competition for the Best Businesswomen. The competition supports and promotes women entrepreneurship, demonstrates best business models, and fosters sharing of good practices and experiences. ADB financed the ICT training for financial literacy, budgeting, banking, and marketing for the participants under the technical assistance on Strengthening Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia.
ADB gears up for transformative gender agenda
ADB Vice President Bambang Susantono addressed ADB staff on 22 August 2018 regarding gender mainstreaming in ADB’s project cycle. He stressed the importance of the “One ADB” approach, which brings together knowledge and expertise across the organization. He also discussed using innovative and knowledge solutions and new technologies, and how to enhance financing and knowledge partnerships with other development partners. A series of events took place from 22-29 August 2018 in ADB to discuss ways to accelerate gender equality results under Strategy 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. See photo
ADB discusses violence against women laws with Afghan judges and prosecutors
ADB Office of the General Counsel's Law and Policy Reform team, supported by the Afghanistan Resident Mission, met with 100 Afghan judges and prosecutors handling elimination of violence against women cases to assess their needs for training and reforms. The meeting was held on 5-8 August 2018 in Kabul on the invitation of Afghanistan Chief Justice Sayed Yousuf Halim and Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi. A customized training program will be delivered to the stakeholders this year.
Training workshop on ADB gender policies held in Hyderabad
A training program conducted by ADB's India Resident Mission on 7-8 August 2018 focused on strengthening capacities for improved implementation and monitoring of gender mainstreaming activities, and emphasized the importance of quality reporting of gender equality results. More than 35 officials and staff from executing and implementing agencies of 16 ongoing ADB projects in India participated.
ADB shares knowledge on women empowerment in Surabaya
ADB's Southeast Asia Regional Department Deputy Director General Cleo Kawawaki highlighted ADB's work in education and training to ensure benefits from the Fourth Industrial Revolution and mitigate low-skilled jobs loss at a high-level seminar on Women's Participation for Economic Inclusiveness. She noted that empowering women is right and smart, and that an additional 5% female participation in the workforce would increase Indonesia's GDP by 9% compared to business as usual. The event was held on 2 August 2018 in Surabaya, Indonesia.
ADB receives Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace award
The Philippine Pediatric Society gave ADB the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace award at an event held on 1 August 2018 in Manila. The award recognized ADB's effort to promote and support breastfeeding by its employees through the provision of a mothers' room and flexible work policies.
Gender and development conference held in Mongolia
Mongolia Minister of Labor and Social Protection Chinzorig Sodnom, Parliament Vice-Speaker Enkh-Amgalan Luvsantseren, and ADB Mongolia Resident Mission Country Director Yolanda Fernandez Lommen opened a 2-day international conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Gender and Development on 27 June in Ulaanbaatar under a technical assistance project funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction. The conference, attended by 250 delegates, aimed to facilitate exchange of good practices and create an international platform for gender equality promotion. ADB Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group Sonomi Tanaka delivered the keynote speech.