26th Oct, Singapore, Maruah,
WC Singapore member MARUAH, organized one day ‘Consultation on Key Documents of ASEAN’. Attended by 50 participatns from various Civil Society organizations, the consultation saw discussion on:
a) ASEAN Charter
b) The Three Community Blueprints
c) The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Elimination of
Violence Against Children in ASEAN
d) The Guidelines on Accreditation of Civil Society Organisations
Various observations and recommendations were laid down and the document has been submitted to ASEAN secretariat, AICHR, ACWC and likewise. The document (please click this)
Nov, 15, Jakarta:
During the ‘Workshop on the Human Rights Implications of the ASEAN Community Blueprint’ held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 12 to 13 November 2013, Women’s Caucus was invited to be one of the reactor to the ASEAN Politiacal Security Blueprint. Speaking on behalf of Women’s Caucus, Ms. Pranom Somwong, Women’s Caucus and APWLD member, highlighted and urged attention on key concerns of the blueprint.
Pranom also rightly stressed on the extension network of Women’s Caucus, calling for ASEAN to partner with women’s network like Women’s Caucus. She stated “With over 100 women’s groups/organizations, and assuming each organization’s strengths and further reach to women, Women’s Caucus has extensive network of women. ASEAN needs to work with women’s network”.
Pranom’s key presentation is as follow:
Women’s Rights are Human Rights.
We cannot arbitrarily separate and look at the issues concerning women from just one of the 3 perspective, i.e. the Political-Security, Economic, and Socio-Cultural. We have to understand that women’s issues are cross-cutting and must be seen from a unified holistic view point rather that the present artificial separation in the approach undertaken by ASEAN. It is good that finally there is this realization in ASEAN that has brought us here today.
Yangon, Oct 20-21:
Two APWLD representatives and three Women’s Caucus representatives (see list at end) attended 2nd Regional Consultation for APF/ACSC 2014 in Yangon from Oct 20 to 21. Interventions were duly made by representatives as required, along with sharing of experiences by Thida, Chalida, Chang and Pranom.
With 68 Burmese representatives and 34 Regional representatives present during the meeting, decisions were made on agendas for three day APF, plenary, budget, registration fees, etc. While, decision on Interface meeting, workshops, etc are pending. During the two day meeting, all Committees viz. Steering, Program, Drafting, Media, Logistics, etc brainstormed and presented on their discussions as well.
Steering Committee also held press conference informing about developments in preparation for APF/ACSC 2014. During the press conference, Steering Committee members Myo Min and May May pyone explained to the press about APF/ACSC 2014. Ms. May May pyone is Women’s Caucus Burmese Focal point as well. During the press conference, Steering Committee stressed “It is crucial that the conference be organized by civil society for civil society, upholding principles of cooperation, transparency and democracy.”
1-2 October, Jakarta, Indonesia-
Thida Khus, Coordinating Group member and Focal Point for Cambodia, represented Women Caucus during the 6th Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights. The Consultation had over 80 participants from more than 59 organizations, both within and outside the ASEAN region gathered to discuss a range of issues, including strategies for bringing about meaningful engagement with ASEAN human rights mechanisms.
The two main issues discussed during the Consultation were the review of the AICHR Terms of Reference (TOR) which should commence in 2014; and the issue of business and human rights in ASEAN. Recommendatory statements were also produced on the same issues. (The statements can be found at Forum Asia website.)
Out of 6 sessions, Thida Khus on behalf of Women’s Caucus presented on the SouthEast Asian Women’s Caucus’s experience on working with AICHR and ACWC. Khus gave significant contribution to the discussion, particularly on ways to looks forward on how CSOs could work effectively in promoting the effective mechanisms on human rights by supporting the AICHR and ACWC. Continue reading
Sep, 19, Jakarta-
Kalyanamitra supported by the Women’s Caucus, UN Women and CIDA held a discussion on the theme: “The role of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism in Elimination of Violence Against Women “ on September 19, 2013. The event moderated by Valentina Sagala from Institute of Women had two speakers namely H.E. Rafendi Djamin (Representative of Indonesia to AICHR) and Rena Herdiyani of Kalyanamitra.
The program saw discussion on AICHR’s 5 year work plan, AICHR’s plan on ASEAN Convention on VAW and ASEAN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and of Violence against Children.
Notably H.E. Rafendi Djamin stressed that AHRD is still under international human rights standards. His remarks echoed with Women’s Caucus’s position that AICHR could focus to encourage ASEAN member states to ratify needed conventions and implement/fulfill current obligations rather than making new Convention.
Immediately after coming to notice of Women’s Caucus that the 23rd July finalized draft of Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Violence against Children (DEVAW/EVAC) has been finalised further, Women’s Caucus submitted letter to ACWC on 3rd september requesting for the copy of draft to be shared to Civil society.
With the lack of information observed in recent pertaining to the development in declaration, Women’s Caucus stressed on importance of access to information and that significant document like decaration is cornerstone to meaningful participation of people of ASEAN as decision makers.
Women’s Caucus secretariat has appealed its national networks and fellow civil societies to do the same as well.
The request letter reads:
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Women’s Caucus on 13 June made its submission to ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) highlighting on the specific issues related to the drafting of ELimination of Violence against Women and Violence against Children. It reiterated its positions regarding various concerns and content of the declaration.
The letter reads like this: