Gender Equality Photo Essay Examples

Title: Youth Art Depicts Gender Equality

Description: As part of ADB's Gender Month the winners of a youth art competition on equality talk about their pictures.

Text: 265 Filipino students joined an ADB-sponsored art competition with the theme “Color the Future: Women and Men – Achieving Together!” in celebration of International Gender Month.

The students were asked to interpret through art how men and women cooperate with one another and to portray how gender equality is not just a woman’s issue, but an issue for everyone.

12 students emerged as the winners of the contest. They talked about their drawings.

SOT: Patricia Nicole P. Valdez
Cayetano Arellano High School, Manila City
I wanted to depict men and women doing the same jobs. I hope both will be able to pursue their dreams. Like being a doctor, an architect, and being able to travel overseas.

SOT: John Alex N. Canoneo
Dipolog City National High School
This shows that men are not above women, both genders are equal. They’re holding hands to portray that women need to contribute to our country’s economy and in the decision-making process so that we will all have a bright and colorful future.

SOT: Shayna P. Alfuente
Melchora Aquino Elementary School, Manila City
(My drawing) shows that men need women to achieve what they want to do.

SOT: John Mark Lumaino
Virlainie Foundation, Makati City
I would like men and women to have equal jobs and opportunities so that both can help their families.

SOT: Aria Jane Escol
Lun Padidu Elementary School, Sarangani Province
(My drawing) is about gender, about men and women holding hands.

SOT: Ryan Christopher A. Lihay-lihay
Cayetano Arellano High School, Manila City
My drawing shows that women and men can do the same jobs such as being a construction worker, a policeman or woman, and being a nurse.

SOT: Reggie Noreen S. Acorda
Cayetano Arellano High School, Manila City
This shows a woman and a man holding a trophy that symbolizes both of them being able to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life. In my sub-concept, I showed a woman offering love.

SOT: John Adnel L. Pazague
Melchora Aquino Elementary School, Manila City
Even though men and women are equal at work, they should still help each other.

SOT: Job Russell D. Floranza
Cayetano Arellano High School, Manila City
My drawing shows equality between men and women, as both genders strive for a bright future ahead of them.

With financing from the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Least Developed Country Countries Fund (LDCF), the “Improving the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector in LAO PDR to Climate Change Impacts” project is an important example of how UNDP is supporting multiple goals concurrently. This project fights climate change and addresses gender equality simultaneously. This project reduces vulnerabilities to climate change impacts relating to agricultural production and food security, serves as a demonstration of community-based adaptive agricultural practices and off-farm income generation, and improves the lives of women.

Three provinces, five districts and over 30,000 households are learning new practices to reduce the gender gap and increase resilience to climate change. By mainstreaming important issues, such as gender equality, the project seeks to build a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient world, and is making progress by taking a holistic approach to development.

UNDP is supporting efforts to “contribute to the eradication of poverty and the significant reduction of gender inequalities by empowering women and promoting and protecting their rights. By advancing gender equality and empowering women as agents of change and leaders in the development processes that shape their lives, UNDP envisages a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient world”. - UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017.

Building resilience to climate change in the agriculture sector is a central issue in Lao PDR, where almost a third of GDP (29.9 percent) is generated through the agriculture sector, and approximately 80 percent of the population is engaged in agricultural activities. In 2011, the Government of Lao, with support from UNDP, launched an important project, “Improving the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector in Lao PDR to Climate Change Impacts,” (IRAS) to minimize food insecurity resulting from climate change in Lao PDR and reduce the vulnerability of farmers to extreme flooding and drought events.

The IRAS project is working to address drought in the Savannakhet province, and floods in the Xayaboury province.

“Nowadays, the climate has been changing. Some years there are floods; some years there are droughts. The climate has changed for natural disasters. We see that rains do not start at their usual time. So, we see that some years there are floods and some years there are droughts.” - Mr Sila Phonepasert, Representative of the Farmers Group, Nongbuapinong Village, Phieng District, Xayaboury Province...

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