South Korea launches new initiative to support political participation of marginalized women and girls
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) launched a new initiative to support the political participation and voice of marginalized women and girls and support them to become agents of change. KOICA announced that it will invest US$100 million in the gender initiative between 2020 and 2026 and implement it in partnership with various domestic and international partners.
Examples of KOICA's work in promoting gender equality include collaboration with the World Bank to improve the gender-sensitivity of KOICA’s projects and implement official development assistance (ODA) projects that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. KOICA held a workshop on gender mainstreaming in infrastructure projects and is currently discussing the application of the World Bank Gender Innovation Lab’s gender impact assessment to KOICA’s ODA projects. In addition, KOICA and the World Bank are currently co-designing a project on preventing and responding to gender-based violence in Timor-Leste.