Activities to Support Gender and Development

2 November 2015

ADB launches second Asia Women Leaders Program in Cambodia

Cambodia Minister of Women's Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi and Cambodia Resident Mission's Jan Hansen opened the 4-day leadership training on 2 November 2015 in Phnom Penh. This flagship event gave over 20 women senior officials from finance, planning, and infrastructure ministries from 13 developing member countries leadership training on communication, media relations, negotiations, alliance-building and supporting gender-responsive public policies. Among the resource speakers was UN Women Regional Director Roberta Clarke who gave a presentation. Held annually since 2014, the Asia Women Leaders Program; aims to address gaps in women's leadership in Asia and the Pacific region. Read the news release.

26 October 2015

Gender equality capacity building workshop held in Papua New Guinea

ADB hosted a two-day workshop on 26-27 October in Port Moresby where the 28 participants, comprised of officials from executing and implementing agencies as well as provincial authorities, gained awareness of gender equality issues in Papua New Guinea and how these related to infrastructure investments, particularly within ADB projects in the transport and energy sectors. The participants gained understanding of ADB policies and approaches to gender mainstreaming, and learned about good practice examples. Papua New Guinea Resident Mission Country Director Marcelo Minc delivered closing remarks.

6 October 2015

Central West Asia region looks at gains and lessons from gender mainstreaming

Gender Equality Council head and MP Guguli Maghradze opened the 2-day regional conference which brought together 40 government and civil society partners, including ADB staff, dealing with a range of projects from sexual harassment in transport to women’s labor market issues. Also present at the opening ceremony were MPs Nana Keinishvili and Eka Beselia. Shanny Campbell, gender specialist, presented the results of the research on emerging good practices and recommendations from leveraging ICTs for women’s businesses. Imrana Jalal, gender specialist, discussed labor market policies and laws which were impediments to women’s economic empowerment. She suggested that laws that were often perceived as protective to women, actually impeded their economic empowerment, by preventing them from getting work in many sectors, from working during hours that paid better wages or impeding their access to finance. See the program.

25 September 2015

АБР поддерживает женщин-предпринимателей Казахстана

В ходе среднесрочного обзора Программы АБР по поддержке малых и средних предприятий Казахстана (транш 2) проектная команда АБР посетила предприятия, возглавляемые женщинами, которые бросили вызов стереотипам, традиционно связанным с женщинами-предпринимателями. Эти женщины расширяют медицинские центры, предоставляют юридические услуги, импортируют обувь и одежду, руководят типографией с самым современным цифровым оборудованием и управляют сетью дошкольных учреждений для удовлетворения рыночного спроса. Малые и средние предприятия диверсифицируют экономику, создают новые рабочие места и открывают новые рубежи для женщин.

25 September 2015

ADB support to women entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan

During the midterm review of the Kazakhstan: Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Program (Tranche 2), the ADB project team visited beneficiaries and found the women entrepreneurs to have challenged stereotypes traditionally linked to women-led SMEs. These women entrepreneurs have been expanding medical centers, providing legal notary services, importing shoes and apparel, running a stationery and printing shop with state-of-the-art digital equipment, and managing a network of preschools to meet market demand. SMEs are diversifying the economy, creating new jobs and opening new frontiers for women.

8 September 2015

President meets UN Women Executive Director

President Nakao met with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on 8 September at ADB. In a presentation, she highlighted the role of the new Sustainable Development Goals in achieving global gender equality by 2030. President Nakao stressed the importance of a gender goal, both for ADB's new corporate strategy and for the region. Read the news release. See the photo.

21 August 2015

Safeguards and gender training workshop in Amritsar

On 21 August 2015, the India Resident Mission hosted training on social and environmental safeguards as well as gender equality, focusing on projects related to infrastructure investment for tourism. Staff and officers from the Government of India, in particular the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, and the Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism, joined 40 others to discuss key challenges in gender action plan implementation as well as on environmental and social safeguard issues.

2 August 2015

Statistical training on gender equality in Georgia

The training, organized by ADB in partnership with the UN Statistics Division and National Statistics Office of Georgia (GeoStat), was held 2-6 August 2015 and was attended by participants from key government ministries. The training focused on a pilot survey to collect data on asset ownership and entrepreneurship from a gender perspective. Georgia Resident Mission Country Director Kathie Julian and Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department’s Kaushal Joshi participated in the closing session. The training was supported by Technical Assistance (TA) 8243: Statistical Capacity Development for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality.

9 June 2015

EFG discusses progress in ADB gender operations

ADB's External Forum on Gender and Development concluded its 15th session on 5 June in HQ with meetings with VP Lohani, other senior staff, and Management. The EFG commended ADB for continued efforts and progress toward delivering gender equality results in its operations, and discussed opportunities to address critical gender issues in the Asia and Pacific region through its support for the Sustainable Development Goals. 

25 May 2015

ADB gender specialists meet in Bangkok

25-26 May 2015: Thirty ADB gender specialists and focal points met in Bangkok to learn about innovative project designs, and gender equality results monitoring practices. During knowledge sessions, key gender issues and possible measures to enhance women's empowerment were discussed on renewable energy, women's leadership, legal reforms and legal literacy, and the private sector. UNESCAP's Jacquiline Paul was invited as a guest speaker to discuss key follow-up actions of the Beijing+20 and ongoing global debates in finalizing gender-related sustainable development goals. The meeting also confirmed the need for ADB to further enhance direct investments in women and girls.