Women Caucus appeals ACWC to share Finalized DEVAW/EVAC Draft

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:

3 September 2013

 Hon. Datin Paduka Hajah Intan bte Haji Mohd Kassim

Chair

ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of

Rights of Women and Children (ACWC)

cced to ASEAN Secretariat

Sub: Request for Finalized draft of DEVAW/VAC

Dear Excellency,

Warmest greetings from the Southeast Asia Women’s Caucus on ASEAN.

It came into our notice that the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Violence against Children has been finalised and is due for its submission to the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (AMMSWD) in early September, and subsequently for its adoption in the next ASEAN Summit in October 2013. We appreciate the commitment and practice of ACWC engaging with civil society based on the principles of transparency, effective and meaningful dialogue as stated in its rules of procedures.  However, as of recent, we would like to express our disappointment on the lack of information particularly on the ongoing finalization process of the Declaration.  Referring to ACWC’s Terms of Reference (TOR) to adopt collaborative and consultative approach with civil society (3.9) and on engagement with dialogue and consultation with civil society (7.8), Women’s Caucus would like to stress that the significant document like the finalized draft of the Declaration must be shared with civil society.  Access to information and significant documents such as the Declaration is the cornerstone to the meaningful participation of peoples of ASEAN as decision makers.

 Hereby Women’s Caucus, on behalf of its network of over 100 women’s groups in Southeast Asia, would like to put its humble request for the copy of Finalized Draft be made available to civil society immediately. Subsequently, on the basis of finalized draft, Women’s Caucus wishes to submit its feedback as well.

 We sincerely hope our request comes under your immediate consideration. We would highly appreciate if the requested is made available to Sunee Singh at: sunee@apwld.org

 Sincerely,

Sunee Singh

APWLD

Secretariat for the Women’s Caucus

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