Gender Equality in the Asia-Pacific: Unfinished Business
Sponsored by Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)
Friday, March 1, 2013
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW; Room 602
Washington, DC 20052
Senior Advisor (Gender), Office of the Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
The Asia-Pacific region has made impressive strides over the last decade on narrowing gender gaps in education, health, employment and political participation. However, the progress and achievements are not spread widely and evenly across the entire region, with women and girls from low-income countries, poor households, remote rural areas, or certain ethnic or caste background being left behind. Gender disparities still remain in girls' secondary education, maternal mortality, under-nutrition, paid employment and wage parity, participation in decision-making and reverse sex ratios at birth-even in some of the best-performing economies in the region.
ADB recognizes that gender equality is critical in its own right and essential for better development outcomes - inclusive growth, faster poverty reduction and accelerated progress towards MDG attainment. Capturing and unleashing the talents, human capital and economic potential of half the region's population-women and girls-is essential to realize the goals of a 'region free of poverty". Hence, ADB has placed gender equality at the front and centre of its development agenda. Under Strategy 2020 - ADB's long-term strategic framework - ADB has committed to promote gender equality and women's empowerment by designing more gender-inclusive projects that deliver better gender equality outcomes across all sectors of ADB operations.
Shireen Lateef, Senior Advisor (Gender) in the Office of Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, will discuss the remaining challenges and persisting gender gaps in the Asia-Pacific region and how ADB is tackling and supporting progress on gender equality and women's empowerment. She will present ADB's gender strategies, approaches and tools to tackle persisting gender gaps using country and project specific examples.