Blogs on gender

  • In Tbilisi, finding new ways to work with Asian cities

    Published on Friday, 24 March 2017

    ADB’s Future Cities program is looking at how to scale up a successful urban transport project in Georgia.

  • Young women gardening in Myanmar.

    5 things the youth can do to support SDG 5

    Published on Tuesday, 01 March 2016

    Let the answers flow until we wake up to that day when gender equality and women’s empowerment are not just concepts, but a reality.

  • Antara Ganguli, Deputy Country Representative of UN Women in Bangladesh.

    Vocational training – crucial, but not everything

    Published on Monday, 01 February 2016

    Completing a short training course doesn’t necessarily provide the ‘employability edge.’ What else is at play?

  • ADB-supported initiatives helped provide 2.7 million people with access to clean water supply in Nepal.

    Nepali women at the forefront of improving community water, sanitation services

    Published on Friday, 31 July 2015

    We helped women in Nepal stop being seen as mere water fetchers, and empowered them to become true leaders within their communities.

  • A trainee at the ADB-supported Women's Development Center project in Cambodia.

    Different genders, different decisions: Why Asian women aren’t in work

    Published on Monday, 11 May 2015

    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.

  • Astrid S. Tuminez

    Women's leadership: How to close the gender gap in Asia

    Published on Wednesday, 08 April 2015

    Asia’s booming economic growth has helped reduce the gender gap in many countries. However, there is still much room for improvement. We sat down to discuss women’s leadership with Microsoft's Astrid S. Tuminez.

  • Where are the women leaders in public administration?

    Published on Thursday, 13 November 2014

    While the corporate sector has been subject to scrutiny on the dearth of women at senior and board levels, there is still silence, or at best only whispers, about women in the top echelons of the public sector.

  • Getting ready for the Post-2015 SDGs: Join the e-dialogue

    Published on Monday, 20 October 2014

    The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections. 

  • Pushing the Boundaries for Women

    Published on Tuesday, 30 September 2014

    Fifteen years ago I was working for a nongovernment organization (NGO) in Bangladesh documenting stories of training and economic empowerment of communities. A common recurring theme in virtually all the communities was the gender stereotyping in skills training programs.

  • Women’s participation: Why quality counts more than numbers

    Published on Wednesday, 06 August 2014

    Nana lives in a remote village. She is married with three children. Both she and her husband are farmers. Nana went to school up to grade 3. Every now and then, the households in her community are asked to attend a meeting. One day, the village leader requested her to attend a meeting the next day.