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10 March 2020

Workshop held on gender equality and women empowerment in Georgia

A workshop on Strategies to Accelerate Gender Equality and Women’s Advancement: Innovate for Change was organized on 10 March 2020 in Tbilisi, Georgia, by gender consultant Ketevan Chkheidze, David Urbaneja-Furelos of the Private Sector Operations Department, and Nino Nadashvili of the Georgia Resident Mission to mark International Women’s Day in Georgia. It brought together private sector representatives, as well as the Georgia Prime Minister’s Gender Equality Advisor who shared current practices and challenges in promoting gender equality and women’s advancement in various sectors. The workshop also discussed the need for care economy and women’s economic empowerment and possibilities in Georgia through vocational education. 

5 March 2020

Session on communicating gender equality in the financial sector held

Awarded Best Communicator on Gender Equality in ADB’s 2019 Shireen Lateef Gender Equality Operations Awards, the Trade Finance Program (TFP) featured its Gender Initiative, co-funded by ADB and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the ADB headquarters in Manila. At this Insight Thursday session, Steven Beck, ADB Private Sector Operations Department's Advisor (Trade and Supply Chain Finance), presented on the TFP’s efforts to support more woman-owned businesses and help close the gender gap in its partner banks’ operations.

11 October 2019

ADB recognizes the International Day of the Girl

ADB Youth for Asia, together with its partners, Plan International and the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange, celebrated the International Day of the Girl at ADB headquarters in Manila as part of a capacity-building workshop on youth-led approaches to gender equality.

11 October 2019

ADB holds smart financing seminar for women entrepreneurship

ADB co-organized a seminar in Geneva on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, alongside African Development Bank, International Trade Centre, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, and the Rwanda Mission to the World Trade Organization. ADB Advisor on Trade and Supply Chain Finance Steven Beck presented on gender and trade finance, and ADB European Representative Office's Samantha Hung spoke about financial inclusion for women to approximately 100 participants from the international and impact investing community.

7 October 2019

ADB joins Gender and Climate Change seminar at DFID

ADB's Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group, Sonomi Tanaka, spoke at a seminar in London on Gender and Climate Change to UK Department for International Development (DFID) staff, and represented ADB at the annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Network on Gender Equality (GenderNet), and multilateral development banks' gender working group meetings in Paris. ADB European Representative Office's Samantha Hung joined subsequent meetings at The Hague.

2 October 2019

ADB explores ways to further strengthen gender mainstreaming in urban transport operations

A gender session during the Urban Transport Forum brought together experts and ADB staff to discuss ways to make urban transport more gender-responsive. Panelists shared innovative designs, projects, and campaigns from Asia and beyond that are ensuring women can benefit from transport in a safe and inclusive manner. 

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.