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Imrana Jalal Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), Asian Development Bank Imrana is a Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender) at ADB. She has a Bachelors and Masters degree in law from the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and a Masters degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a lawyer by profession, and was formerly a Commissioner of the Fiji Human Rights Commission. Imrana is the author of Law for Pacific Women, and architect of the Family Law Act 2003 which removed formal legal discrimination against women in Fiji. Law for Pacific Women is a recommended text book at the law school of the University of the South Pacific. Imrana is a founding member of the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT), which in 1998 received the UNICEF Maurice Pate Award for its cutting edge work in women’s rights. She has also served as a barrister and solicitor in the Attorney General's Office of Fiji, as Public Legal Advisor, as a social/political columnist in the daily newspaper, The Fiji Times, and as an advisor to many UN agencies. She is a founding member of the NGO, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Imrana is also a member of the regional networks - Women Living Under Muslim Law, and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. She is also a Commissioner on the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists, as one of its 60 Commissioners, and continues to sit on it Executive Board. Hon. Justice Robyn Layton AO QC The Hon. Justice Robyn Layton is a former Supreme Court Judge of South Australia and prior to that served as a Judge in the South Australian Industrial Court and Commission and a Deputy President of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She chaired the Sex Discrimination Board SA for a number of years. Justice Layton was a Member and later the Chair of the Committee of Experts on Application of Conventions of International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva, from 1993 to 2008. She has been a consultant for the ILO since 2000, providing judicial and general training in labour standards internationally in many countries, particularly in Asia, work which she continues to the present time. Currently Justice Layton is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law, University of South Australia and is a Consultant and Team Leader for the Asian Development Bank on a Gender Development Poverty Reduction Project for Women in Kazakhstan, Cambodia and the Philippines. In Australia Justice Layton is a patron, chairperson or member of a many committees or organisations, notably Chair of the Advisory Council for the Australian Centre for Child Protection, Co-Chair of Reconciliation SA; a Patron of the Migrant Resource Centre in South Australia and Patron of Junction Australia, an integrated community services provider. As a result of her work, she received an Order of Australia (AO) from the Australian Government in 2012, received the award of the South Australian, Australian of the Year in 2012 and was awarded an honorary PHD from the University of South Australia in March 2013.
SESSION 2: Beyond Growth and Jobs: Gender, economic and labor market issues in Cambodia and Philippines Chair: Sonomi Tanaka Lead Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), Asian Development Bank Sonomi Tanaka is responsible for overseeing and providing advice on ADB-wide operations in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. As Co-Chair of Gender Equity CoP, she facilitates knowledge management on gender and development in ADB and coordinates gender mainstreaming initiatives across different departments and through different CoPs. Sonomi has worked on gender and development, poverty reduction, social analysis, social protection, and community participation issues in Asia and the Pacific for nearly 20 years. She has covered a number of sectors including infrastructure, education, health, public sector management, finance, and natural resources management. Prior to working with ADB, Sonomi worked in the World Bank South Asia Department and in development institutions in Japan. She holds a Master of Arts on Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University and a post-graduate diploma on development studies from the Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School in Japan. She has a bachelor’s degree on International Relations from the University of Tokyo. Fiona MacPhail Professor, University of Northern British Columbia Fiona MacPhail holds a PhD in Economics from Dalhousie University, Canada and is a Professor of Economics and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research program is on women, work, and public policy. She has published on women and rural-urban migration in China, the impact of paid work on women’s status in China, and school-to work transitions of Canadian and Australian women, and globalization and precarious work. She is the current book review editor for the journal Feminist Economics. Fiona is working as a consultant on the ADB Project, Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market for More Inclusive Growth.
SESSION 3 Chair: Vu Manh Loi Vice Director, Institute of Sociology, Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences ADB External Forum on Gender (EFG) Vu Manh Loi is a well-recognized researcher, lecturer and advisor on gender and social development issues in Viet Nam. He is the Vice Director of the Institute of Sociology at the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences, where he also serves as a Senior Researcher and Associate Professor. With a PhD in sociology from the University of Washington in the United States, Mr. Loi has led and participated in numerous research and development projects carried out in collaboration with national and international organizations, including several government ministries, ADB, CIDA, DFID, ILO, Oxfam, SIDA, UNDP, UNFPA and World Bank. Most of
his research and advisory work has focused on population and health, reproductive health, family and gender, community development, and ethnic minorities. His research has involved extensive fieldwork in different provinces of Viet Nam and engagement with local communities, people’s councils and committees, and national and local government offices. Mr. Loi has also published extensively in national, regional and international journals, and authored and co-authored numerous reports and books. Sreymom Sum Research Associate (Poverty, Agriculture, and Rural Development Programme), Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) Sum Sreymom is a research associate in the Poverty, Agriculture and Rural Development Programme, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI). She holds an MA in agriculture, majoring in international development in rural areas, from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. Her research focuses on gender, labour, food security, and agriculture. Recently, she has been engaged in research projects including gender equality in the labour market; gender analysis of the policy frameworks on employment; structural change and diversification in Cambodia; and impact assessments on farmer organizations and food security for the rural poor. She is presently working on the research projects “Emerging Contract Farming in Cambodia”, and “Developing Agricultural Policies for Rice-Based Farming Systems in the Middle Mekong”. More and Better of Jobs for Cambodian Women - Key Findings and Recommendations (Social & Economic Policies; & Law) – Cambodian Report The Cambodian study included a gendered analysis of social and economic policies, and the legislative framework and laws regarding the labor market. This session will report on the analysis and recommendations made, why they were made and how they will assist women’s work and employment. Sukti Dasgupta Senior Economist, and Head, Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit International Labour Organization, Bangkok Sukti Dasgupta is the Senior Economist and Head of the ILO’s Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit in ILO, Bangkok. She has earlier worked in the ILO’s headquarters in Geneva and in the field offices in South Asia and in East Asia prior to taking up her present post. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK, has published widely in the area of employment, poverty and gender, and has extensive experience in working with policy makers on labour market policies.
Women Workers in Cambodia’s Garment Sector This presentation is on women workers in the garment industry in Cambodia - the role that women have played in driving growth in the garment industry, and on the Better Factories Cambodia programme which has created a niche market for labour compliant garment exports. While there is scope for further improvement in terms of women's
working conditions, especially given that women workers are exposed to the volatile external economic environment, this is a model which could be used in other industries and/or in other countries. SESSION 4: Putting Jobs for Women at Center Stage: Key findings and recommendations (Social and Economic Policies; and Law) – Philippines Report Chair: Aurora Javate-De Dios Executive Director, Miriam College - Women and Gender Institute Chairperson, Miriam College, Migration Studies ADB EFG Aurora J. De Dios is currently the Executive Director, Miriam College’s Women and Gender Institute; Chairperson, Miriam College, Migration Studies; and Associate Professor in International and Migration Studies. She has been the Philippine representative on Women to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) since 2011. At present, Ms. De Dios is a member of the External Forum on Gender, ADB, and of the Philippine government’s Inter-Agency Committee against Trafficking of Persons. She is also the founding member and President of the Board of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women, the world’s first organization to fight human trafficking internationally. She was the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (2001-2004), the first President of the Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines (1992-1998), and the founding member and President of the Board of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International and Asia Pacific Carolyn Israel Sobritchea RDTA National Consultant Dr. Sobritchea is a Professor of Philippines Studies and former Dean of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman. She served as the Director of the University of the Philippines, Center for Women’s Studies from 2000-2007 and its Deputy Director for Training and Extension Service from 1991-1999. She holds degrees in PhD for Anthropology, Master of Arts in Asian Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of the Philippines. She has served as project leader of numerous national and Asian regional policy studies on gender, human rights, health, curriculum development and policy reforms. She has helped organize training and advocacy programs and conferences on various topics about women and gender relations including mainstreaming gender equality principles into educational programs, domestic violence, reproductive health rights, migration and mobility, climate change and the gender dimensions of disasters and armed conflict. Many of these initiatives have resulted in the passage of international agreements and local laws protecting women from all forms of physical, sexual and emotional violence and from discrimination in employment and in decision making. Dr. Sobritchea has also authored and edited several books, journal articles, policy papers and advocacy materials on various gender and women’s topics and issues.
Putting Jobs for Women at Centre Stage: Key Findings and Recommendations The Philippines study included a gendered analysis of social and economic policies, and the legislative framework and laws regarding the labor market. This session will report on the analysis and recommendations made, why they were made and how they will assist women’s work and employment SESSION 5: From Global to Local: Global good practices on social and economic policies and law Chair: Shireen Lateef Senior Advisor (Gender), Office of Vice-President Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank Chair of ADB’s Gender Equity Community of Practice Shireen Lateef is a Senior Advisor (Gender) in the Office of Vice-President Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, and Chair of ADB’s Gender Equity Community of Practice. She was the architect of ADB’s policy on gender and development which provides the guiding framework for ADB’s gender and development activities. As the Senior Gender Advisor, she provides strategic advice and guidance to management on gender issues, maintains oversight of policy implementation, provides policy and program advice to operational departments, and strategic guidance on ADB-wide gender programs. In this role, she also coordinates with government agencies and other development partners. She was the Chair of the Multilateral Development Bank’s Working Group on Gender until 2012. Prior to this position, she was Director, Social Sectors in the Southeast Asia Department. In this role, she guided the planning, development and implementation of social sector operations spanning education, health, social protection, water supply and sanitation, tourism, and urban development sectors. In this position, she also worked on regional cooperation and integration through the Greater Mekong Sub-regional (GMS) Cooperation Program, managing 2 GMS Working Groups – Human Resource Development and Tourism. Before joining ADB, she held academic positions at Victoria and Melbourne Universities in Australia. She also worked as a development consultant. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology and a Diploma of Education from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Robyn Layton From Global to Local: Good Laws and Practices to Improve Women’s Decent Work. The ADB project required the preparation of a global review of good practices in legislation. This session shares some information derived from the review and will discuss laws and practices which help women get work; improve their work conditions and help address their constraints to work. The session will provide an opportunity for policy makers and others to be aware of ways in which laws and practices are used around the world to improve women’s decent work.
Fiona MacPhail From Global to Local: Good Economic and Social Policies and Practices to Promote Gender Equality in the Labor Market The ADB Technical Assistance required a global review of good economic and social policies to promote gender equality in the labor market for more inclusive growth. This session shares some examples from this global review report. Attention is given to the characteristics of gender aware design for policies and practices. The main focus is on good practices to reduce constraints to paid work experienced by women and practices to improve decent work. SESSION 6: Wanted: Jobs for the Girls - Planning for women's employment right from the start Chair: Sukti Dasgupta Naoko Otobe Senior Employment and Gender Specialist, Employment Policy Department International Labour Organization, Geneva Naoko Otobe is Senior Employment and Gender Specialist in the Employment Policy Department of the ILO, Geneva. Otobe has worked in the UN system for over 30 years including over 21 years for the ILO. Otobe has also previously worked for United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme. She has substantial working experience in the areas of development and poverty reduction, involving interdisciplinary approaches: broad development strategies, gender, poverty reduction through employment creation through a rights-based approach, sustainable development, with hands-on experience in a large number of developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. She has substantial professional experience in research, policy advice, advocacy, capacity building and management of design, implementation and monitoring of development projects in the areas of employment promotion, poverty eradication and gender equality. She has been involved in a number of publications and training guides on poverty reduction, employment promotion and labour market analysis, in particular, with a gender focus in developmental context. Promoting Gender Equality through Employment Strategies: ILO Perspective The presentation will provide ILO perspectives on gender equality as a cross cutting priority in the ILO's Decent Work Agenda, and gender dimensions of employment strategies. Rosa Linda Miranda GAD Consultant, Retired Officer UNIFEM Asia-Pacific Retired Professor of Economics, University of the Philippines Rosa Linda Mirada’s area of expertise focuses on gender mainstreaming, specifically training in gender -responsive development planning, gender analysis for projects, gender-responsive statistical systems, gender sensitizing; women’s political empowerment for transformative leadership and citizenship, and strengthening networks for women in politics; institutionalization of gender mainstreaming in government, including strengthening of national
and other focal points for the advancement of women/GAD. She has worked with the United Nations in various capacities, at ESCAP (1985-1988), UNIFEM (1989-1996; 2002-2004) and UN Women (2010 and 2012). She was the Executive Director of Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics from 1997 to 2001. At the University of the Philippines, she was a faculty member in the School of Economics from 1962-1988. This presentation will focus an analysis of the Philippine Development Plan, 2011-2016, from a gendered perspective. She will specifically address monetary and fiscal policies as well as employment intensive public works.
SESSION 7: Matchmaking for Women: Linking skills training and job opportunities Chair: Yumiko Tanaka Senior Advisor on Gender and Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency ADB EFG Yumiko Tanaka is Senior Advisor on Gender and Development at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), where she has served for over 20 years. Ms.Tanaka is a member of the Japan National Committee for UN Women, the Japan Society for International Development (JASID), and the International Society for Gender Studies and Association for Rural Planning. She was also a lecturer at the Institute for Social Science of the University of Tokyo from 2010-2013. From 2005 to 2008, she served as senior regional advisor on GAD and Monitoring/Evaluation for JICA’s Asia Regional Office in Thailand, where she formulated technical cooperation projects on gender mainstreaming, women’s economic empowerment and anti-trafficking of women and children in Asian countries. Since 2002, she has also visited Afghanistan more than ten times to assist JICA projects for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. She also served for two years as the gender expert for a participatory forestry conservation project in Nepal, which led to her appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia for six years. From 1998 to 2001, she served as Managing Director for the Evaluation Office and Social Development Cooperation Department of JICA. From 1999 to 2002, she served as Vice-Chair of the OECD/DAC Working Party on Gender Equality. From 1983 to 1990, she was in charge of gender and development programs at UN-ESCAP in Bangkok, and from 1981 to 1983, she served as a program officer for the UNIDO Office in Thailand. Ms. Tanaka’s recent publications include “Land Re-allocation and Water Rights from a Gender Perspective: A Case in Lower Moshi Irrigation Scheme in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania”, Journal of Rural Planning Association (Vol.31, 2012), “Promoting gender equality in Japanese official development assistance: the challenge of assistance to women in Afghanistan,” in Japanese Aid and the Construction of Global Development (Routledge, 2010), “Japan’s ODA and Gender Evaluation” (Japan Evaluation Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2002), Gender and Development: Empowerment and International Cooperation (International Cooperation Publisher, 2003), and "Gender Mainstreaming in Gender Policies in Official Development Assistance" (Japan Evaluation Society, Vol.4., No.1 & 2, 2004). Karina Veal Senior Social Sector Specialist, Asian Development Bank Ms. Karina Veal, who joined ADB in mid-2012, provides support to governments in South Asia improve and expand their education and training systems. Prior to joining ADB, Karina operated an independent consultancy practice in education for development, working with UN and bilateral agencies across the developing world. She comes to the Bank with extensive experience in developing public policy solutions, particularly for skills development, including
in post-conflict and post-disaster situations. Before shifting careers to development, Karina held a variety of public policy leadership and advisory roles in government and public institutions. Once upon a time, Karina was women’s officer for the Australian Union of Students, advocating for women’s services on campus and for the introduction of gender studies in courses. Gender Equality in TVET - is it really so hard? Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sits between the world of work and the world of education. We are far off achieving gender equality in both those spheres, and the challenges and disadvantages faced by women in both employment and education impact negatively on achieving gender equality in TVET. Nonetheless, higher levels of education and training can impact positively on labor market outcomes for women, so it is important to progress. Elements and strategies to increase inclusiveness in TVET, should be more widely adopted. Akiko Sakamoto Deputy Director, International Labour Organization Philippines Senior Specialist on Skills and Employability Akiko Sakamoto is Deputy Director for the ILO Country Office for the Philippines and Senior Skills and Employability Specialist for Southeast Asia at the same time. She has been working in the field of skills development, or technical vocational education and training (TVET), for over 15 years, including 4 years in the Skills and Employability Department in the ILO Head-Quarter in Geneva, another 4 years as a Skills Development Policy Specialist in its Sub-Regional Office for South Asia, based in New Delhi, India and nearly 2 years in Manila, the Philippines and one year in Bangkok, Thailand. She has been undertaking both policy advisory, and project formulation and implementation work, covering a wide range of skills-related issues. These include: formulation of national policies on skills development; reform of skills/TVET systems; skills for enhanced productivity and employability; qualifications framework and recognition of non-formally acquired skills; as well as skills for informal economy workers and disadvantaged groups. Linking skills training and job opportunities - ILO’s Approaches to Gender Responsive TVET This presentation will explain ILO’s Approaches to Gender Responsive TVET. It will look at the following - an assessment of the diverse barriers; labour market information for women; advocacy for reducing stereotyping and promoting E&T for women (Use of counseling and role models); gender focus in skills/TVET policies; gendersensitive training environments (facilities, transport, training materials, flexible modalities); gender training for teachers and managers; and gender sensitization in career and vocational guidance as well as for employers and parents. Marie Jane I. Liban Executive Director, Monark Foundation Inc. Marie Jane “Jeng” Ignacio Liban started her career in Marketing but soon found her passion in Training and Development. Hired by Monark-CAT’s training department in year 2000, management later found her fit to lead its technical institute. Monark Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that provides opportunities to less privileged Filipino youth to be trained and get employed in the heavy equipment industry, is a registered TESDA
institution and is accredited by Caterpillar as a 5-Star training institute. In the last 6 years, Monark Foundation built branches in San Pedro, Laguna, Cagayan De Oro and Clark, Pampanga, established new international industry partners, developed more educational and sponsorship partners both here and abroad, and received numerous awards and recognition for its quality training. Most importantly the foundation increased its number of beneficiary poor Filipinos that will later provide a better future for their families. Jeng is also active in tech-voc associations that aim to work with TESDA to improve registered institutions’ programs and services. A supporter of the Dual Training System of education, Jeng connects tech-voc schools and industries thru her active involvement with the Technical Vocational Schools Association of the Philippines and membership to the Mindanao TVET Association, and the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce HR Committee. Promoting Gender Equality in the Labor Market – The Monark Foundation Institute Experience This session will discuss skills training opportunities for women in the heavy equipment industry taking from the Monark Foundation Institute experience. Annemarie Reerink Annemarie Reerink works as senior specialist on gender equality in AusAID’s headquarters in Canberra. Her recent previous positions have been with UNDP as regional gender advisor for Asia and the Pacific, and with ILO as Chief Technical Advisor on Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in Mekong countries and as a specialist and technical advisor on gender, child labour, youth employment, skill development, and domestic work in Indonesia. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University in International Relations, and has worked on gender equality issues in Asia for the past 15 years. Matchmaking for Women: Linking skills training and job opportunities This session will explore AusAID-funded experiences in promoting gender-responsive labour outcomes through training. SESSION 8: Rural Women Reaping Benefits: Rural women and community initiatives to increase decent work Chair: Maheen Sultan Deputy Coordinator, Centre for Gender and Social Transformation BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University ADB EFG Maheen Sultan is one of the founders of the Centre for Gender and Social Transformation at the BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University, a regional centre on research, teaching and policy related to gender and social transformation. She is a development practitioner with over 25 years’ experience working for NGOs, donors, the UN, Grameen Bank and the Bangladeshi government in a range of capacities, from direct programme management to policy formulation. She has worked on issues of social development, poverty, civil society and community participation and gender equality in various capacities. She has worked closely with the Government in the post-Beijing conference period on gender mainstreaming and CEDAW reporting. Maheen is also a women’s rights activist and researcher. She is a
member of Naripokkho, a Bangladeshi women’s activist organisation and a board member of Caritas Bangladesh and Utsho Bangladesh. She is also the Chair of the ADB External Forum on Gender, and Development. Her current research interests include women’s organising and movements and women’s work and mobilising. Luzviminda A. Villanueva Project Manager, Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project Ms. Luzviminda Arcega-Villanueva is Project Manager for the GREAT Women Project from 2007 up to present. The GREAT Women Project is a capacity development project to make economic governance gender responsive with funding and technical support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is the lead executing agency for this project. Ms. Villanueva steered, directed and built partnerships of PCW with 19 major national government agencies mandated to do enterprise development, environmental resource management and delivery of business support services. In addition, she has also directed partnerships with almost 50 provincial and municipal government units. Prior to this project, Ms. Villanueva worked for more than twenty years in developing curriculum, learning materials and marketing programs on entrepreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and conducted action research consulting for various government and nongovernment institutions on small enterprise and livelihood development programs, including the now defunct Ministry of Human Settlements. Ms. Villanueva has a Master in Entrepreneurship degree from the Asian Institute of Management (Philippines, 2001). The GREAT Women Project Experience - Rural Women and Community Initiatives to Increase Decent Work The GREAT Women stands for Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women. It is a capacity building project that aims to make economic governance gender responsive, specifically facilitating the enhancement of an enabling environment that will lead to sustainability and growth of micro enterprises for women. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, especially for women and women workers in micro enterprises. GREAT Women generated very positive outcomes for women in microenterprises and has increased local government program support to focus on addressing the needs of microenterprises. The project has been showcased as among the good practices in women’s economic empowerment at various international gatherings and conferences organized by the UN ESCAP, UN Women, Oxfam-GB/Quebec, CIDA, ASEAN and APEC. Cecilia D. del Castillo Executive Director Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Dr. Cecilia del Castillo was born in Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. She attended Maryknoll College and later received her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the Ateneo de Manila University. She worked for a few years as a teacher before leaving for the United States to further her studies at the Indiana University at Bloomington, where she obtained her Doctorate in Education. In 1981, she went back to the Philippines and worked at the Refugee Camp in Morong, Bataan as Cultural Coordinator, and later as Personnel Coordinator. In 1984, she went home to Negros Occidental and founded NWTF - Negros
Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc., after she discovered that there were few projects that focused solely on women. From 1988 to 1992, Dr. del Castillo sat on the Provincial Board of Negros Occidental as an elected public official. In 1989, Dr. del Castillo met Professor Muhammad Yunus and learned about Grameen banking. She replicated the microcredit program in Negros Occidental to enable women to move their families out of poverty. In subsequent years, Dr. del Castillo went to Bangladesh several times to learn more about the Grameen methodology and also participated in numerous International forums to share the NWTF experience with other Grameen practitioners. Innovations and Initiatives that Increase Decent Work for Rural Women This session will explore the work of the NWTF which replicated the Grameen method in the Philippines. Today, NWTF has more than 1,000 employees delivering microfinance services to over 170,000 active clients, the majority of whom belong to the poorest of the poor in the islands of Negros, Panay, Cebu, Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Palawan. SESSION 9: Choirs sing loudest... decent work for women Catherine Legados Parado Director, Bureau of Working Conditions Department of Labor and Employment Catherine Legados-Parado is among the younger generation of senior officials in the Department of Labor and Employment. She obtained her degree of Bachelor of Laws in 2001 and became a member of the Bar in 2003.Instead of pursuing a more lucrative career in private practice, she dedicated her life to public service. In the course of almost a decade in the Department, she has held various positions such as Attorney III in the Legal Service, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Undersecretary for Labor Relations and Social Dialogue, a Mediator-Arbiter and Assistant Regional Director in the DOLENational Capital Region. As the Director of the Bureau of Working Conditions, she leads the Bureau in developing labor standards policies and programs, exercising technical and functional supervision over regional offices, conducting researches in aid of safety standards, and reviewing decisions and orders on appealed labor standards cases, among others. Labor Laws Compliance System This presentation presents the key features of the Philippines government’s compliance system. Christine Nathan Regional Specialist in Workers' Education International Labour Organization Since 2006 Nathan has been the Regional Specialist for Workers Education, at the Regional Office ILO Bangkok, Thailand. Her scope of work includes advising and assisting trade unions in the Asia and the Pacific Region, working with governments, employers and trade union through tripartite structures. Her focus is on improving the working conditions of workers, promoting decent work and ILO strategic objectives of respect for international
labour standards, supporting full and productive employment, providing social protection and social security and promoting social dialogue. Her session addresses good practice strategies and initiatives to encourage and support women to have their needs heard in the workplace. She will discuss unionization and the importance of women being encouraged and trained to undertake senior and leadership positions within unions Robyn Layton Complaints mechanism for sex discrimination at work: One stop framework from Australia. Presentation objectives and expected outcomes. Sex discrimination at work can take many forms. It can involve civil or criminal behaviour and different responses and remedies may be sought. Good practice requires that complaint processes should be simple, gender sensitive, well publicised and provide a “one stop shop” where possible. This session will describe a framework from Australia to illustrate a good approach. The presentation will include how complaints are made, the process, the broad range of work behaviour covered and the remedies which can be obtained The session will provide an opportunity for policy makers and others to be aware of practices to improve women’s decent work. SESSION 10: Underpinning Women's Work through Social Protection: Social protection strategies for the labor market Chair: Annemarie Reerink Sri Wening Handayani Principal Social Development Specialist of the Asian Development Bank Sri Wening Handayani is a Principal Social Development Specialist of the Asian Development Bank. She has 25 years’ experience in social development and she is the focal point for social analysis for ADB’s projects. She provides awareness and training on social analysis; promotes knowledge about and management of social dimensions and social protection; facilitates sharing of information and supports external relations and coordination with development partners on social development and social protection. She has been instrumental in numerous publications including the recently published Social Protection for Older Persons: Social Pensions in Asia (2012); The Revised Social Protection Index: Methodology and Handbook (2011); Social Assistance and Conditional Cash Transfers: Proceedings of the Regional Workshop (2010); Enhancing Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific: Proceedings of the Regional Workshop (2010); and Handbook on Poverty and Social Analysis (2012). Prior to joining ADB, she was a development practitioner in social development. She has a PhD in sociology from the University of Missouri, USA. Gender Dimensions and Labor Market: Assessing Results for Asia and the Pacific This presentation suggests that providing women with greater access to employment guarantee schemes or skill development and training will, at least partially, address gender inequality in the labor market.
Christine Nathan will describe the recent National Social Protection Strategy for the Poor and Vulnerable (NSPSPV) which has been developed with the assistance of the ILO. This strategy particularly addresses informal workers. Joanne Asquith Senior Evaluation Specialist in Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank Joanne Asquith is Senior Evaluation Specialist in Independent Evaluation at the ADB. She joined ADB in 2011 and is currently involved in the evaluations of inclusive growth, governance, and ADB’s support to the Pacific. Joanne was previously the Chief Evaluation Officer in the African Development Bank, and has worked as an economist for both NZAID and DFID and as a Public Financial Management consultant in the Pacific. Joanne has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Manchester UK.
Evaluating Labor Market Programs: Developing Country Experience This session will examine the evidence for active labor market programs and assess whether they are reliable in promoting sustainable work opportunities for women
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