Joint seminar on how development actors can protect women and girls from economic exploitation held in ADB HQ
ADB's Gender Equity Thematic Group and NGO and Civil Society Center hosted a discussion about how lack of economic empowerment for women and girls exacerbates their vulnerability to economic exploitation and what can be done. Plan International leads a global coalition which targets some of the structural barriers to women and girls' economic empowerment. Representatives of the Girls Advocacy Alliance gave insights based on their programs, addressing forced labor in global supply chains, child trafficking and unsafe migration, and sexual exploitation of children for economic gain.
UN Women, ADB, and Viet Nam's Transport Ministry conduct gender responsive budgeting workshop in Ha Noi
ADB partnered with UN Women and Viet Nam's Ministry of Transport in a workshop held on 6-8 December in Ha Noi to introduce gender responsive budgeting. The workshop was supported under the Viet Nam Improving Public Expenditure Quality Program. Deputies from National Assembly, officials from the ministries of Finance, Planning and Investment, Transport, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Invalids and Social Affairs; Women's Unions; civil society; and provincial governments attended the event.
ADB Tajikistan Resident Mission joins 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign
ADB supports the joint campaign Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women in Tajikistan together with the government, civil society, and development partners. The campaign started on 25 November, and will run until 10 December. The ADB-supported activities included distribution of orange scarfs, leaflets, and orange public taxis.
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.