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.
Training workshop on gender mainstreaming held in Bengaluru, India
ADB India Resident Mission's Capacity Development Resource Center and gender team conducted a workshop on 11-12 June 2018, which focused on strengthening capacities for improved gender design of upcoming projects across sectors and good practices in gender-responsive planning. More than 40 officials and staff from executing and implementing agencies of nine pipeline projects participated.
ADB presents awards to promote gender equality in Mongolia
Mongolia Minister of Labor and Social Protection Chinzorig Sodnom and ADB Mongolia Resident Mission’s Declan Magee, along with Mongolia's National Committee on Gender Equality, presented awards for best journalistic stories on "My Role in Promoting Gender-Responsive Journalism," and the best photos, entitled, "Gender Equality through My Eyes" on 8 June in Ulaanbaatar. The national multimedia competition aimed to raise public awareness on gender equality and inequality in socioeconomic spheres. The activity was organized under a Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR)-funded Technical Assistance on Gender-Responsive Sector and Local Development Policies and Actions.
Seminar stresses importance of women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment
ADB President Takehiko Nakao participated in the seminar Breaking Barriers: Women Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific on 3 May during the 51st ADB Annual Meeting in Manila. He stated that under the new Strategy 2030, ADB will place a stronger emphasis on generating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women. The seminar, represented by five prominent panelists, discussed how the public and private sectors can help accelerate support for women startups and entrepreneurs and help them overcome multiple barriers. See video, news release, and related blog.
Helen Clark celebrates Gender Month at ADB
Former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addressed a crowd of 600 as Gender Month’s Distinguished Speaker on 16 March 2018 in HQ. Ms. Clark highlighted policies and laws that can help break glass ceilings and support all women to enjoy greater work-family balance. She praised ADB for its track record and continued commitment to supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Asia and Pacific region. President Nakao and Ms. Clark also took part in a panel moderated answering questions from the audience on the future of women’s leadership. See news release and photo.
Afghanistan Supreme Court, ADB promote women's access to justice
ADB's Office of the General Counsel's (OGC) Law and Policy Reform Program seeks to promote gender sensitization through training program for the Afghan judiciary, including special courts for violence against women cases. Afghanistan Chief Justice Sayed Yousuf Halim met with OGC's Irum Ahsan on 12 March in Kabul to discuss the project implementation. The Chief Justice extended his commitment and support for the project.