Blog posts tagged to "Gender"

  • Cambodia’s rural women beating poverty with partnerships

    Published on Monday, 05 August 2013

    Tep Roeung’s husband abandoned her and their 3 young children in 1999.  She was just 21 years old.  Uneducated and with few skills, Roeung farmed a small rice field in rural Siem Reap province to support her family.  

  • Mother and child from Cambodia. Photo by the author.

    Menstrual Hygiene Management: A taboo that must be broken!

    Published on Thursday, 06 June 2013

    Unforgettable—that’s how I would describe the moment I raised the issue of menstrual hygiene management with project teams and government officials in Southeast Asia. Shocked and stunned—they looked down at their shoes closely inspecting remnants of their breakfast from earlier in the day.

  • Conditional Cash Transfers – are they helping promote gender equity?

    Published on Monday, 20 May 2013

    For a non-gender specialist writing on gender equity, I don’t dare pretend to know everything about gender dimensions of CCTs, but I’d like to throw questions, and may perhaps strengthen the gender equity impact of CCTs. 

  • ‘Momentum 1000’: Time to strengthen partnerships with water and sanitation

    Published on Thursday, 09 May 2013

    ‘Momentum 1000’ marked a major milestone on 5 April 2013—1000 days left of action before the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Where are the girls?

    Published on Monday, 06 May 2013

    Perhaps the saddest indication of discrimination against women and girls are the millions of baby girls who are simply not born every year due to pre natal sex selection. On the average, for every 100 baby girls born in the world, we should expect between 104 and 107 baby boys to be born. This is called Sex Ratio at Birth or SRB.

  • Afghanistan women: Weaving their way out of poverty

    Published on Monday, 08 April 2013

    What do you do if you want to boost the benefits flowing to women from a regional road project?

  • Photo credit: Syed Muhammad Rafiq for ADB 2010.

    Gender dimension in energy: How energy can be made to empower women

    Published on Monday, 01 April 2013

    Women use the time saved from having electricity in doing more household work while men use the extra time in recreation and leisure. This was one of the results of a study  on the interfaces of energy, poverty and gender through in-depth investigation in selected rural provinces of the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

  • A Vietnamese woman collects water from a distance source. Photo by the author.

    Wake Up! Advocate taps and toilets for maternal and child health

    Published on Wednesday, 27 March 2013

    Incremental achievements in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are possible before they “expire” in 2015 if linkages among strategies to achieve various goals are made.  MDG 5 demands an improvement in maternal health. MDG 4 calls for an improvement in child health.

  • Becoming bolder about diversity and inclusion

    Published on Thursday, 21 March 2013

    There is a delicate balance in everything. Gender and diversity is the same. Within many organizations there have been significant historic challenges in rebalancing the numbers of men and women, and treating everyone more fairly.

  • Male staff from Oudomxay Provincial Water Supply State Enterprise

    Pink pipes and tea servers: Challenging women’s role in water utilities

    Published on Thursday, 21 March 2013

    The realm of “utilities” is perceived as a man’s employment domain in many Asian countries. It is about gadgets—pipes, concrete, construction, machines, control panels, etc. Women’s role in utilities is often relegated to serving tea and welcoming guests.