Opening Remarks: Promoting Gender Equality in COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Masatsuga Asakawa, President of Asian Development Bank, delivered the opening remarks expressing commitment to ensuring that gender equality is at the heart of ADB’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. He discussed how ADB’s support directly addressed one of the pandemic’s devastating consequences—the increased rates of gender-based violence. He mentioned that ADB has worked with its DMCs to provide resources for gender-based violence support programs. In the Philippines, ADB will be supporting the Department of Health to conduct training for healthcare workers to identify, treat, and provide referrals to victims.