International Women’s Day Women and Leadership: Looking beyond disparities of the Pandemic


International Women’s Day Women and Leadership: Looking beyond disparities of the Pandemic

08 March 2021


In his opening remarks at a virtual celebration with staff on 8 March, President Masa reiterated his full commitment to placing gender equality at the center of ADB's COVID-19 response and stressed the importance of women's leadership for building back better. He also underscored our internal commitment to achieving gender equality, noting both ongoing progress and the need to continue the focus on achieving gender representation targets. Guest speaker Naina Lal Kidwai, a global banking and finance professional, emphasized the need for women's participation and leadership at all levels, especially to ensure that hard-won gender equality and women's empowerment gains are not lost to the pandemic.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
08 Mar 2021 Opening Session Welcome Remarks on International Women’s Day 2021
Masatsugu Asakawa
08 Mar 2021 Speech Presentation Women and Leadership: Looking Beyond Disparities of the Pandemic
Naina Lal Kidwai shared her insights as a global leader in finance and her perspectives on the links between women’s empowerment and sanitation, water...
Naina Lal Kidwai


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