Activities to Support Gender and Development

4 March 2016

Exhibit of gender equality artworks launched

ADB celebrates Gender month 2016 with an art exhibit featuring two women artists, Ambie Abano and Nadia Kondratiev. In support of the Sustainable Development Goal dedicated to Gender Equality (SDG 5), these two women artists respond to issues and themes through their creative works. Nadia’s art pieces illustrate remaining gender issues and areas in which accelerated efforts are needed to achieve gender equality by 2030. Meanwhile, Ambie’s portraits in mixed media woodcut prints project the strength, substance, and inner power of the woman—qualities of women that are often times taken for granted and undervalued. A selected number of the artworks will be for sale through live auction on 18 March 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at ADB headquarters. Forty percent of the proceeds will be donated to a local nongovernmental organization that empowers girls who were living in the streets.

4 March 2016

Expert panel on sexual and reproductive health and rights kick-starts Gender Month 2016

"A World She Deserves: Choice, Human Rights and Reproductive Health," a panel discussion held at ADB headquarters, Manila on 4 March 2016, kick-started a series of events for Gender Month 2016 with the theme "Hi 5 for SDG 5: Realizing the Gender Goal." The experts panel discussed why access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is critical for women’s empowerment and inclusive economic growth, examined the status and numerous challenges to SRHR access in Asia Pacific, and considered solutions to ensure universal access to SRHR for all women and girls in the region. The discussion was followed by a question and answer session with the audience. On the panel were Klaus Beck, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Philippines; Dr. Howard Sobel, World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office; Juan Antonio Alvardo Perez, III, Philippines Commission on Population; Rose Azcuna, health monitoring and evaluation expert and ADB consultant; and Jamela Alindogan, Al Jazeera correspondent. The discussion was opened by Deborah Stokes, ADB Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management and moderated by Dr. Susann Roth, Senior Social Development Specialist (Social Protection). More than 200 people attended the event, which was organized by the Gender Equity Thematic Group and Health Sector Group and WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

1 March 2016

ADB launches social media campaign for SDG 5

The Gender Equity Thematic Group launched a social media campaign and youth competition to raise awareness around the new Gender Equality Goal, the Sustainable Development Goal 5. The campaign, which targets the youth, features ADB President Takehiko Nakao giving a high five to show support for SDG 5. You can help promote the campaign by posting a photo and caption of your version of a high five for SDG 5 on your own Facebook page with the hashtag #Hi5forSDG5.

25 February 2016

Gender workshop on access to finance held in Tashkent

Deputy Chairperson of the Women's Committee Gulnara Marufova and ADB's Aliya Mukahmedyarova gave opening remarks at the Workshop on Access to Finance on 25 February 2016 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. More than 70 participants from the Women's Committee, heads of regional offices of Trade and Commerce Chamber, Business Women's Association, women’s small businesses and participating commercial banks discussed ways to improve access to finance for women-entrepreneurs, and the economic gains of gender mainstreaming in the financial sector. By putting together commercial bankers, women entrepreneurs and women’s business development professionals, the workshop generated many practical action areas to increase women’s access to finance. The workshop was organized under RETA 7563: Promoting Gender Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia developing member countries and within the fact-finding mission for the proposed Second Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Project. The outcomes of the workshop will be reflected in the design of the proposed project.

19 January 2016

UNDP Human Development Report office head presents report in HQ

UNDP's Human Development Report Office Director, Selim Jahan, joined by ADB's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Director General, Carmela Locsin, presented on 22 January the highlights of the 2015 Human Development Report. He described a changing concept of work that encompasses globalization, technology, and its implications on human development. He also shared ways to address imbalances in paid and unpaid work, strategies for creating opportunities, and an agenda for action. The Social Development and Gender Equity Thematic Groups co-organized the event.

11 December 2015

Gender e-learning modules launched

The Secretariat of the Gender Equity Thematic Group launched the gender e-learning modules on 11 December in ADB Headquarters. This course targets staff and consultants involved in conceptualizing, designing and implementing gender inclusive projects projects and programs. The 6 modules in this course covers ADB’s gender policies, architecture and institutional targets for mainstreaming gender in operations; gender operational plans and results; and the gender categorization system in  project design. The modules will be made available to the public soon.

10 December 2015

Facebook competition held to mark the #16Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

ADB invited the public to post on the Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific Facebook page, addressing the themes of UN Women's #Orangetheworld campaign for #‎16Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, starting 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The first prize went to Ethyl Bulao-Lorena's meme "End Silence, End Violence." Judges noted that it was “a really powerful image: if we choose not to listen, hear, or speak, violence against women and girls will continue."

View all winning entries and panel of judges. Read contest details. See how ADB celebrated #Orangetheworld 2015.

8 December 2015

African Development Bank gender team visits headquarters

The gender team of the African Development Bank, led by Mr. Noel Kulemeka, Gender and Social Monitoring Division Manager, met with staff on 8-10 December in ADB headquarters to learn about ADB's experience in gender mainstreaming in operations, especially project categorization and performance monitoring system.

25 November 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: ADB wears orange to mark event

For the first time, ADB marked the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. Sections of the ADB headquarters building in Manila were lit in orange. About 280 staff showed up wearing orange to mark the event; a camera mounted on a drone filmed the event. ADB resident missions also joined the campaign. See photos in ADB Gender Facebook page.

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.