Workshop on gender mainstreaming held in Guwahati
The ADB India Resident Mission's Capacity Development Resource Center conducted a workshop on 4-5 May on gender mainstreaming in infrastructure development projects for India's north-eastern region. More than 35 officials and staff from executing and implementing agencies participated. The workshop discussed key challenges in gender mainstreaming, and shared strategies and practices in gender-responsive planning and implementation of gender initiatives.
Laws continue to prohibit Asian women from enjoying equal employment opportunities
The World Bank Group's Sarah Iqbal (Women, Business and the Law team) spoke on the findings of Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal, a flagship publication which provides quantitative measures of laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities. This edition covers 173 economies but Iqbal focused on the Asia and Pacific region and on topics such as access to land and credit, restrictions on women’s employment, domestic violence, legal identity and sexual harassment.
Gender equality art auction raises funds for women’s NGO
Tahanan Sta. Luisa, a Philippine NGO providing support and rehabilitation services for abused and neglected girls who were living on the streets, received an amount equivalent to $ 1,931 from the proceeds of the sale of art work by Ambie Abaño and Nadia Kondratiev. The two artists exhibited work around issues covered by the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5), and more generally gender equality and women's empowerment. The exhibit was organized by ADB's Gender Equity Thematic Group as part of the Gender Month 2016 activities. The Staff Community Fund presented the donation, which represents 40% of the proceeds made through e-auction and live auction.
#Hi5forSDG5 youth competition winners announced
The four winners who will become ADB Youth Ambassadors for SDG 5 were announced on April 15. As part of Gender Month activities, ADB encouraged youth to use the hashtag #Hi5forSDG5 on social media and tell the world what they would do to support the new Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The winners--Fabia Firoze, Nisa Vidya Yuniarti, Bayaarbatar Bold, and CJ Crisaldo Astor--will be invited to participate in an international conference as youth resource persons advocating gender equality. See winners and most liked posts and contest mechanics. Read the blog post of ADB's Laurence Levaque on the role of youth in implementing SDG 5.
Conference on inclusive energy solutions in South Asia held in Jaipur
ADB's South Asia Regional Department organized a Sub-Regional Conference on Going Beyond the Meter: Inclusive Energy Solutions in South Asia on 11-12 April 2016 in Jaipur, India, which saw the participation of South Asian government and civil society representatives. NGOs involved in promoting women’s access to energy-based livelihoods and technologies in ADB-financed project actively contributed to the event by sharing good practices in promoting sustainable energy access and women-friendly technology solutions. The India-based Self Employed Women’s Association, also known as SEWA, actively contributed to the organization of the event through its Grassroots Trading Network for Women, a green energy and green livelihood company promoted by SEWA.
Plenary paper on Pacific women and business delivered
A paper, Overview of Women and Business in the Pacific, was presented by PSDI gender consultant Vijaya Nagarajan at the Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnerships Forum on 5 April in Apia, Samoa. The paper recognizes that women take on various roles within the formal and informal economy and, accordingly, recommendations are raised for the economic empowerment of women in each of these roles. The study was funded under ADB's Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative. Over 80 parliamentarians from Pacific islands countries, Australia, and New Zealand attended the event.
"Unlocking Gender-Based Violence": Annual Gender Month Distinguished Speaker
Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, also Pacific Oceans Commissioner, spoke about the economic and social consequences of gender-based violence in the Pacific region, highlighting the need for sustained action and for international legal and policy frameworks for addressing such violence. She applauded ADB's gender equality initiatives on giving women access to finance. ADB’s Pacific Department - Urban, Social Development, and Public Management Division Director Emma Veve pointed out that the estimated economic costs of gender-based violence in Fiji, at 6.6% of GDP, was equivalent to experiencing the damage caused by the recent tropical cyclone Winston every second year. The event was opened by Ma. Carmela Locsin, Director General of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, and Xianbin Yao, Director General of the Pacific Department, provided closing remarks. Read Ms. Taylor’s speech.
ADB showcases gender good practices in US
ADB's Craig Steffensen of the North American Representative Office on 15 March 2016 presented on how ADB and UN Women will benchmark gender-related sustainable development goals in Asia and the Pacific at a side event during the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. He also discussed on 16 March ADB's gender mainstreaming approaches, implementation, and monitoring at a Lower Mekong Initiative Gender Policy Dialogue meeting, organized by the US State Department.
Solomon Islands Country Gender Assessment launched on International Women's Day
The ADB-supported report aims to inform policymakers, civil society, and others about gender-related barriers to inclusive development. The assessment also recommends ways to incorporate gender issues into government policies and programs. Freda Tuki Soriocomua, Minister for Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, launched the report on 8 March in Honiara, Solomon Islands.