Blogs on Women

  • Most of the world’s aquaculture workforce is made up of women. Photo credit: ADB

    More than selling seashells: The unsung role of women in fisheries

    Published on Friday, 14 June 2019

    Seventy percent of the aquaculture workforce worldwide is female, with women playing key roles in fishing, processing, and marketing. Yet they do not reap the full benefits of their efforts.

  • How the People’s Republic of China manages its increasingly elderly population will have a significant impact on its future economic growth. Photo: ADB

    What the People’s Republic of China can learn from Japan on population aging

    Published on Thursday, 04 April 2019

    An aging population can have a dramatic impact on a country’s economy but Japan has shown that innovative approaches and policies can help mitigate the effects

  • A woman cooking puri, the traditional Indian flatbread.

    Finding ways to lift Indian women out of (energy) poverty

    Published on Thursday, 07 April 2016

    Do you have ideas or solutions that can help us ensure women have better, cleaner energy access in the future? Please let us know.

  • 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.

  • The new constitution aims to recognize the role of women in Nepal's transition from fragile state to developing economy.

    Gender-inclusive constitution key to Nepal’s transition from fragility to development

    Published on Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    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.  

  • Women wait with their children in a maternity center in Dhaka.

    Progress made, and more to come on women’s urban health in Bangladesh

    Published on Monday, 20 July 2015

    Increased access to health care has dramatically improved maternal health in cities across Bangladesh. The progress, however, cannot yet lead to contentment.  

  • Why Asia and Pacific needs youth policies

    Published on Monday, 12 January 2015

    Based on Plan International’s 2012 World Atlas of Youth Policies, fewer than half of the countries in Asia and the Pacific have youth-specific policies. Other countries have integrated youth in their constitutions or sector-specific policies, such as on education, health, and drug prevention. Do we really need to prioritize and direct limited resources to a certain demographic defined only by age?

  • 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.

  • 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.