|The e-Newsletter of the Gender Network||
April 2013 | Vol. 7, No. 1
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Private Sector Development will Boost Women Entrepreneurs in Lao PDR
An ADB program supports registration of women entrepreneurs so they can have access to business development services, information, and credit. Read the article and view the presentation by Mohd Sani Mohd Ismail who is leading the program.
A pilot project, developed under a technical assistance, aims to improve livelihood opportunities for women as a complement to the gender mainstreaming interventions of ADB's Flood Emergency and Reconstruction Project. The pilot builds local leadership to promote gender inclusive development at the community level. ADB's Shanny Campbell and Uzma Altaf enthuse about being able to mobilize local men and women as change agents for their respective villages. Read more.
Bringing Jobs Back to the Village for Women in the People’s Republic of China’s Fujian Province
More than 100 subprojects in Fujian Province help reunite women with their families by providing them jobs closer to home. Women no longer have to leave behind their families to go to cities in search of work. The project is improving and diversifying the income opportunities of rural households and and bridging the income gap by promoting information, cooperation, and infrastructure for a wide range of businesses with support from the ADB-supported Fujian Soil Conservation and Agriculture Development Project (Phase II). Read the article.
Community-based water user associations (WUAs) are helping farmers manage their water resources, improve their yields and increase their incomes. Dhruw – a female farmer – can now grow scented rice during the rainy season, and vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, and chili peppers during the dry season. The WUAs brings farmers together—makes seeds, farm equipment, and fertilizer cheaper, while also resulting in higher prices for the crops. Nearly 2,600 women (34% of total) are committee members of WUAs. Every association also has a subcommittee that looks specifically at gender issues related to farming and cropping. Read the article on the ADB-supported Chhattisgarh Irrigation Development Project.
Women are often on the frontline of water supply problems, since they are normally tasked to fetch water, carry it home in heavy loads, and take care of children suffering from waterborne diseases. An ADB project, Secondary Towns and Rural Community-Based Water Supply and Sanitation Project, which ran from 2003–2011, successfully reduced regional disparities in access to clean water and sanitation, by providing basic water services in five districts, and making a difference to the lives of women in eastern Sri Lanka. Read the article.
Ningxia Irrigated Agriculture and Water Conservation Demonstration Project in the PRC [November 2012]
This project will improve the value of horticultural outputs by adopting high-value and high-quality varieties, through water conservation infrastructure, sustainable farming practices, and institutional capacity development. The project incorporates targets to facilitate women’s access to employment opportunities in new vineyards (at least 40% women); access to agricultural technology and extension services for 80% of female farmers to boost incomes and contribute to women’s economic empowerment; and participation in decisions over land use (at least 30% women) to increase women’s voice in decision making over valuable assets. View the project gender action plan (GAP).
ADB Celebrates Gender Month
An International Women’s Day Breakfast Event was held with the theme "Voice and Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific Region." Dame Carol Kidu, former PNG Minister and female Member of Parliament, spoke about the lack of female representation in Asia and Pacific legislatures and the need for temporary special measures to increase women’s participation in national decision making. She also spoke at a separate seminar on “Women’s voice and power in PNG’s legislature” where she discussed the complexities of the PNG context. Read more.
Panel on Securing Gender Equality in Water: Out of the shallows, into the deep [15 March]
Under the overall conference theme of "Securing Water for All" at Asia Water Week 2013, this plenary session highlighted the lost opportunities to advance water security, when there is a failure to involve women in all aspects of water security. It was attended by over 500 participants from government, academia and civil society. Read more.
Hear Deputy Inspector General of the Nepal Police, Bimala Thapa, of the Women and Children Service Centers Project, speak on policing gender based violence in Nepal; and Hemelina Fonte, midwife, on the Mangyan Maternal and Newborn Care Program, which delivers better outcomes for Mangyan women in the Philippines. See also the views of Selina Hayat Ivy, Mayor of Narayanganj, Bangladesh (Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement Project) who is an outspoken advocate of increasing women’s voices in local governance. Read more and see podcasts of Bimala Thapa and Hermelina Fonte.
ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission Country Director Rita O'Sullivan, in her speech at the International Women's Day event, emphasized ADB's contribution to women's empowerment in skills development and entrepreneurial activities to improve livelihoods.
Gender and Agriculture in Lao PDR [21 March]
Asian Development Blog: The time is now: Act to stop violence against women
Shireen Lateef, ADB Senior Advisor (Gender), discussed gender based violence (GBV) in Asia and the Pacific region in ADB’s new blog. One in three women are victims of GBV globally. Despite the magnitude of the problem, violence against women continues to occupy a marginal space in public policy and development agendas, and yet, the social and economic costs of violence are enormous and stall all other development efforts. Read more.
Anupma Jain, ADB senior social sector specialist, discusses women’s roles in water utilities and how two women challenged gender norms in this sector while maintaining effective and profitable water utilities. She suggests that the realm of “utilities” is perceived as a man’s employment domain and women’s role is often relegated to serving tea and welcoming guests. Challenges include creating more employment, equalizing opportunities for men and women, and hiring the best person for the job regardless of gender. Read more.
ADB & ILO Regional Workshop on Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market [17-18 June, Manila, Philippines]
ADB and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will hold a final Regional Workshop on Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market for More Inclusive Growth, the culminating activity of a regional technical assistance in Manila. The workshop aims to share and discuss the outcome and recommendations of 3 national studies, as well as share the global good practices reviews of economic and social policies, and good practice legislation. The event will bring together about 50-60 representatives from ADB member countries. Members of ADB’s External Forum on Gender will also attend. See background note and tentative program.
ADB & FAO – Regional High-Level Consultation on Gender, Food Security and Nutrition: Ensuring the other half equal opportunities [24-26 July, Bangkok, Thailand]
In order to advance ongoing efforts across the Asia-Pacific region by ADB and FAO regional office (RAP), a three-day high level consultative meeting will be held, jointly with Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, to raise awareness on gender, food security and nutrition issues, and to identify strategies that would increase employment and livelihood opportunities for women. Sessions and presentations will be undertaken by leading experts and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food.
Executing Agencies Lateral Learning Workshop [11-13 September, Beijing, PRC]
The annual regional lateral learning event will focus on gender inclusive education and TVET and build GAD capacity of project staff implementing loan projects with gender actions plans.
ADB Water and Gender Equity Communities of Practice in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute - Regional Conference of Women, Water and Leadership, [29-31 October, Manila or 18-21 November, Colombo, Sri Lanka (venue and dates TBC]
Country Gender Assessment: Lao People’s Democratic Republic
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