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Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Updates from Asia and the Pacific

Event: Wednesday, April 10, 2024, Washington, DC

9:30 – 10:30 am ET

Gender inequality in Asia and the Pacific is compounded by the current climate and environment crises, and the ever-evolving technology landscape in the region. The devastating socio-economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and girls who are at the frontlines, or are otherwise in vulnerable positions, set the region back by a generation in terms of achieving gender parity. Lingering issues remain around employment, loss of livelihoods, food hardship, and increased unpaid care and domestic workloads. The greater adoption of digital technologies spurred on by the pandemic has also led to increased sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women in online spaces.

The Asia Foundation’s decades-long engagement across Asia and the Pacific enables the Foundation to support effective, locally driven strategies to advance women’s empowerment, gender equality and social inclusion. We work with women’s, feminist, and youth networks in addition to governments across Asia and the Pacific to support women to lead in adaptation and risk reduction strategies focused on women’s economic empowerment, women’s and girls’ rights and security, and women’s political voice and leadership.

Join this in-person event with The Asia Foundation’s Senior Director for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Jane Sloane, who will provide an overview of the current challenges facing women and girls in Asia and the Pacific, while focusing on the Foundation’s work to address the gendered impacts of climate change and technology-facilitated violence.

Related locations: Washington DC
Related programs: Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

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