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.
ADB highlights women's role in Singapore event
ADB's Vice-President Operations 2, Stephen Groff, participated in a Channel NewsAsia debate on 8 March in Singapore. The new social compact explores how the social contracts between governments and people are changing due to disruptive changes in the Asia-Pacific region such as aging societies and artificial intelligence. VP Groff also joined as a panelist at a women’s day special discussion on Investing in Women, organized by The Impact Investing Exchange at the Singapore Management University. The panelists had an informative discussion where the VP was asked why ADB believed in investing in women both organizationally and in the Asia and Pacific region. The VP emphasized ADB’s diversity and inclusion policy and gender goals as well as its approaches to incorporating gender goals in project design and policies.
ADB marks International Women’s Day
President Nakao led ADB’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March at its headquarters in Manila, stating that gender equality is his priority. He urged all staff, managers, and vice-presidents to make determined efforts to achieve gender equality. Guest speaker Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, drew on her personal journey to share how women leaders can promote positive change in their communities and in society. See news release and photo.
European Investment Bank and ADB hold gender learning event
ADB's Independent Evaluation Department (IED), in partnership with European Investment Bank's (EIB) evaluation office, organized a learning event, "Investing in Gender Equality: Knowledge Sharing between Europe and Asia" on 6 March in Luxembourg. Discussions focused on challenges and opportunities of integrating gender in the operations of international and development financial institutions. ADB's IED Deputy Director General Veronique Salze-Lozac'h moderated the panel on the operational perspective and offered concluding remarks, together with EIB Inspector General Jan Willem van der Kaaij. More than 100 participants from public and private sector, academia, and civil society attended the activity.
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.