Sonomi Tanaka

Country Director, ADB Lao Resident Mission, Southeast Asia Department

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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Safe Migration for Women to Reduce Human Trafficking Risks

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? It means that trafficking is more likely to occur within a series of migration, when men and women are on the move in search of new opportunities, better incomes and better lives in unfamiliar and strange surroundings.

Sonomi Tanaka