ADB publication launched on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in the Energy Sector in Nepal
The publication launched on 28 February in Kathmandu assesses the current status and challenges in mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion in the energy sector. It also aims to inform policy dialogue and project design for inclusive results. Nepal Energy Ministry Joint Secretary Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, Executive Director Ram Prasad Dhital of Alternative Energy Promotion Center, government officials, NGOs, development partners, and media attended the event. ADB Nepal Resident Mission Country Director Mukhtor Khamudkhanov gave the opening remarks. Read the news release.
ADB joins EU regional seminar for East and South East Asia
ADB Viet Nam Resident Mission Country Director Eric Sidgwick highlighted ADB's work on gender equality and women's empowerment, including in Viet Nam, at a panel discussion on 27 February in Ha Noi. The panel on gender is part of the regional seminar conducted by the EU for the Heads of Delegation from East and South East Asia delegations. Representatives from civil society, UN Women, ASEAN, and the EU participated in the event.
2017 Shireen Lateef Gender Equality Operations Awards presented
The 2017 Gender Equality Operations Awards were presented by Amy Leung, Director General of ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, on 12 February 2018, to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work of ADB personnel to promote and support ADB’s gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda. The awards are given in honor of the late Shireen Lateef, architect of ADB’s Policy on Gender and Development, which provides the guiding framework for ADB’s gender and development activities. View the award winners and the projects.
ADB supports enforcement of gender equality legislation in Mongolia
Mongolia's Gender and Development National Forum was held on 1 February in Ulaanbaatar, with support from ADB and organized under the auspices of Mongolia Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa. The forum launched the National Program on Gender Equality 2017-2021 to strengthen cross-sectoral coordination for gender policies in the country. ADB's Mongolia Resident Mission Country Director Yolanda Fernandez Lommen delivered the opening remarks at the event, attended by about 500 representatives from the government, civil society, and development partners.
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.