Gender Equality and Development

ADB is working across Asia and the Pacific to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, reduce poverty, and contribute to green, equitable, and inclusive development.

  • Female adult literacy rate

    While there have been significant advances in accelerating gender equality, gaps persist in education completion.

  • Female employment by sector, 2022

    Women can face discrimination in hiring and compensation, and face additional barriers entering into certain sectors which are male dominated.

  • Asset ownership by sex

    Progress to women’s full participation in society is still hampered by discrimination and, gender norms. Women are less likely to be owners of assets than men. 


Accelerating progress on gender equality is an operational priority for ADB in its Strategy 2030. ADB is committed to supporting gender equality through gender inclusive projects in at least 75% of its sovereign and non-sovereign operations by 2030. The bank promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment by mainstreaming these goals across the full range of its operations.

ADB regularly conducts gender analysis based on key indicators in its Developing Member Countries (DMCs) to help ensure all ADB projects fully address gender issues and contribute to reducing gender inequality in their design and implementation. ADB also works with DMCs to ensure that gender equality is prominent in policies and responses to climate change and COVID-19, from which women suffer disproportionately.


Our Impact

Results delivered in 2023 from ADB projects.

1.58 million

Women-owned or -led SME
loan accounts opened or women-owned
or -led SME end borrowers reached


Women and girls completing secondary
and tertiary education, and/or other training

2.02 million

Women and girls with 
increased time savings


Profile Photo: Samantha Hung
Samantha Hung

Director, Gender Equality

Profile Photo: Keiko Nowacka
Keiko Nowacka

Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

Profile Photo: Zonibel Woods
Zonibel Woods

Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

Profile Photo: Prabhjot Khan
Prabhjot Khan

Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

Profile Photo: Maralmaa Munkh-Achit
Maralmaa Munkh-Achit

Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

Profile Photo: Claire Charamnac
Claire Charamnac

Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

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James Lang

Senior Gender Specialist (Gender-Based Violence)

Profile Photo: Kanika Chakraborty
Kanika Chakrabort

Gender Specialist (Gender-based violence)

Profile Photo: Kim Jinha
Kim Jinha

Gender Specialist (Climate Change)


For inquiries, send an email to:


You may contact gender focal points by selecting a department from the dropdown

For queries related to Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

Mary Alice Rosero (Ms)
Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

For queries related to Mongolia and People's Republic of China

Tsolmon Begzsuren (Ms)
Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

For queries related to Cook Islands, Republic of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu

Malika Shagazatova (Ms)
Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

Amanda Satterly (Ms)
Principal Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

Anne Valko Celestino (Ms)
Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

For queries related to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

Zonibel Woods (Ms)
Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)

For queries related to Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam

Veronica Mendizabal Joffre (Ms)
Senior Gender and Social Development Specialist

ADB Country Office

You may contact gender focal points by selecting a country from the dropdown

Nasheeba Selim (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Bangladesh Resident Mission (BRM) 
Plot E-31, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh

Tel +880 2 55667000
Fax +880 2 8156018 to 19

Nidup Tshering (Mr)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Bhutan Resident Mission (BHRM) 
Lower Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

Chandy Chea (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Cambodia Resident Mission (CARM) 
PNo. 29 Suramarit Blvd. (268/19) Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tamar Bortsvadze (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Georgia Resident Mission (GRM) 
1, G. Tabidze Street, Freedom Square, 0114 Tbilisi, Georgia

Tel +995 322 250619
Fax +995 322 250622

Deepa Ahluwalia (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Govind Desai
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

India Resident Mission (INRM) 
4 San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021 India

Tel +91 11 24107200
Fax +91 11 26870945

Riana Puspasari (Ms)
Social Development Officer (Gender)

Indonesia Resident Mission (IRM) 
The Plaza Office Tower, 11th floor, Jl. MH Thamrin 28-30, Central Jakarta, Indonesia 10350

Tel +62 21 29927388
Fax +62 21 29927399

Altynai Abdyldaeva (Ms)
Gender Officer

Kyrgyz Republic Resident Mission (BRM) 
Orion Business Center, 21 Erkindik Prospect, 6th Floor, 720040 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Tel +996 312 626611
Fax +996 312 626612

Theonakhet Saphakdy (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Lao PDR Resident Mission (LRM) 
Corner of Lanexang Av. and Samsenthai Rd., P.O. Box 9724 Vientiane, Lao PDR

Tel +856 21 250444
Fax +856 21 250333

Saranzaya Gerelt-Od (Ms)
Gender Officer

Mongolia Resident Mission (MRM) 
International Commerce Center (ICC) Tower, 17th Floor, Jamyan Gunii Street-9, Ulaanbaatar 14210, Mongolia

Shuvechha Khadka
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Nepal Resident Mission (NRM) 
Metro Park Building, Lazimpat, Ward No. 2, P.O. Box 5017, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel +977 1 4005120
Fax +977 1 4005137

Ingrid Fitzgerald
Senior Gender and Social Development Officer

Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO)
Level 20, 45 Clarence Street Sydney, NSW Australia 2000

Tel +61 2 82709444
Fax +61 2 82709445

Uzma Altaf (Ms)
Gender Specialist

Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO)
5th Floor, Ra Marama Building, 91 Gordon Street, Suva, Fiji

Tel +679 3318101
Fax +679 3318074

Samina Sabir (Ms)
Gender Officer

Pakistan Resident Mission (PRM) 
Level 8, North Wing, Serena Business Complex, Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy, G-5, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel +92 51 2600351
Tel +92 51 2600369
Tel +92 51 2087300
Fax +92 51 2600365 to 66 / 2087397 to 98

Bolkin Sil
Gender Officer

Papua New Guinea Resident Mission (PNRM) 
Level 2 – Burns Philp Haus, Corner of Musgrave Street & Champion Parade PO Box 1992, Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea

  Tel +675 3210400
Fax +675 3210407

Zhuoga Ciwang (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

People's Republic of China Resident Mission (PRCM) 
17th Floor, China World Tower (Guomao III), 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100004, People’s Republic of China

  Tel +86 10 85730909
Fax +86 10 85730808

Pamela Susara (Ms)
Social Development Officer (Gender)

Philippines Country Office (PhCO)
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, 1550 Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel +63 2 6831000
  Fax +63 2 6831030

H.D.Sudarshana A. Jayasundara (Mr)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Sri Lanka Resident Mission (SLRM) 
23, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka

  Tel +94 11 4455455
  Tel +94 11 2674499
Fax +94 11 4455499 / 2674488

Gulnora Kholova (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Tajikistan Resident Mission (TJRM) 
45 Sovetskaya Street, Dushanbe 734001, Tajikistan

Elsty Davidz-Morato (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Timor-Leste Resident Mission (TLRM) 
ADB Building, Rua Alferes Duarte Arbiro, Farol, Dili, Timor-Leste

Tel +670 3324801
Fax +670 3324132

Farida Djumabaeva (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Uzbekistan Resident Mission (URM) 
1 Qoratosh Street, Tashkent 100027, Uzbekistan

Giang Thanh Nguyen (Ms)
Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Viet Nam Resident Mission (VRM) 
3rd Floor, Cornerstone Building, 16 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Tel +84 4 39331374
Fax +84 4 39331373

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