Improving the lives of women and girls was part of the MDGs when they were adopted in 2000. Since then, much progress has been made—particularly on education—but that progress has been uneven and insufficient in many countries.
To tackle gender biases and imbalances, Nepal is working on a new constitution which aims to give more political opportunities for women, and recognize the important role of women in the transition from fragile state to developing economy.
Since women often spend the money they earn on services with wider societal benefits, what are the costs of direct or indirect exclusion? How can women become more actively engaged in climate planning, as well as receive and share the benefits of this engagement?
In Nepal, women and girls are the primary collectors, transporters and managers of the household water supply. Water sources in many areas are located far from their houses, and although the situation has improved over the last decade, women in remote rural areas must walk for 4-5 hours just to fetch water.
Increased access to health care has dramatically improved maternal health in cities across Bangladesh. The progress, however, cannot yet lead to contentment.
A new ADB report shows that how women decide to spend time differs to men, and that helps to understand why many women don’t join the formal workforce – and why, if they do, they are still likely to earn less than men and less likely to gain promotion.
Women in Asia are on average 70% less likely than men to be employed, a gender gap that persists despite booming economic growth, decreasing fertility rates and increasing access to education in the region, according to a new ADB report.
Indian filmmaker and gender equality advocate Rahul Roy’s documentaries explore how men behave toward women in the wider context of communities, class identities, and urban spaces. He recently visited ADB to screen his 2013 film “Till We Meet Again” and sat down with us to discuss how development programs can incorporate masculinities to truly achieve impact on gender equality.
Over the past two decades, Asia’s booming economic growth has helped reduce the gender gap in many countries. However, there is still much room for improvement particularly in government and in corporates. We sat down to discuss women’s leadership with Astrid S. Tuminez, Regional Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft Corp.
There has certainly been progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted in 1995 – but we still have a long way to go.