Yesterday, I attended the launch of publications by the Asian Development Bank’s Gender Institute. They are studying technology innovation and how it is forwarding the cause of gender equality in South Asia.
But before anything else, I had my customary photo by the ADB auditorium.
I had Vietnamese lunch at the bank’s cafeteria. My bun cha was delicious and healthful.
I also crocheted while waiting for the event to begin.
The bank is full of simple reminders to treat each other better.
I was especially delighted that the event was held at the ADB Library. It is a striking venue. I have enjoyed hanging out here in between sessions during the conferences I have previously attended here.
And I was happy that they served chocolate crinkles. The ADB crinkles are well-known, and many foodies have acknowledged them as the best in the country.
The event was attended by colleagues in the bank, the academe, and other experts in gender studies.
I have learned that energy innovation must always have the advancement of gender equality in mind. Without inclusiveness, we cannot say that there is innovation in the first place. Energy allows technology and development to be enjoyed by more people, including women. In order to advance energy innovation, there must be fair pricing, sustainable energy sourcing, technological development, and the inclusion of women experts in the conversation.
I hope to have more learning opportunities at the ADB in the future! Thanks for having me!