Investments are needed in basic infrastructure – rural roads, water supply and sanitation, electrification, safe affordable public transport systems, better lighting of streets and settlements. Making infrastructure work better for women is a critical step in the empowerment of women.
Sonomi is ADB's Chief of Gender and responsible for overseeing and providing advice on ADB-wide operations in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. She has worked on gender and development, poverty reduction, social analysis, social protection, and community participation issues in Asia and the Pacific for nearly 20 years.
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Radhika Coomaraswamy, a human rights lawyer and former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, once said: “Traffickers fish in the stream of migration." What does this mean?
Girls and women today have far more opportunities and role models than their mothers and grandmothers, but there is much more to be done.