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For International Women’s Day 2023, meet some extraordinary women leaders across East Asia and the Pacific, who are all working, in their own ways, to accelerate equality and empowerment across the region. Their stories are moving, challenging, entertaining and inspiring. We encourage you to dive in and hear from these remarkable women, in their own words.

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Blog: Reducing non-partner gender-based violence with conditional cash transfers in the Philippines

Learn about the study conducted by the East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab (EAPGIL), which evaluated the impact of the Philippines conditional cash transfer program Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (or 4P) on gender-based violence (GBV).

Mary Solo, CAUSE participant

Feature story: ‘You can hear it in their voices’: employment program delivering much more than jobs in Solomon Islands

The Community Access and Urban Enhancement Project (CAUSE) is helping improve the lives of nearly 20,000 people in the Solomon Islands by providing job training, employment opportunities, and short-term income for workers building essential community infrastructure.

VOSA Podcast episode 5

Vosa Season 2 Episode 5 - In Conversation: IWD 2022 [External]

Learn about more about women encouraging conversations in the Pacific in the VOSA podcast episode featuring Rhea Moss-Christian of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Vinzealhar Nen of Papua New Guinea.

International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day 2023 around the world

Gender equality and empowerment remains a priority for the World Bank Group – both in our operations and in the organization. To drive transformative change, the World Bank Group’s yearlong Accelerate Equality initiative throughout 2022 explored the important progress made and lessons learned over the last 10 years since the World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development (WDR2012).