15 Sep, Vientiane
Women’s Caucus Laos organized a short consultation with WC Cambodian Focal Point Ms. Thida Khus. Eight WC Laos friends joined the discussion where overview of Women’s Caucus on ASEAN was given along with updates from its last annual meeting, its recent accomplishments and upcoming activities. WC as a model in setting up women’s movement through Capacity Building, Knowledge, resources & tools development, Advocacies were highlighted.
Meanwhile, Thida further shared about WC Cambodia’s experience on ASEAN engagement, especially setting up its own Cambodian Women’s Caucus. The need of having patience, persistence, and coalition and sisterhood were highlighted by Thida in successful women’s movement building.
During the consultation, WC Laos expressed their concern about organizing ASEAN People Forum/ASEAN Civil Society Conference in 2016 when Laos is to take ASEAN Chairship. The annual civil society forum is organized in the country that holds ASEAN Chairship.
Laos WC also identified their immediate plans to boost its members’ motivations to increase their engagement in WC movement, seek assistance from WC network in better understanding how they can effectively engage, conduct needs assessment, facilitate planning session and focus on building knowledge on Women’s rights expertise. “Our sisters from Laos are very happy to learn from Thida who have more experience, real practice and knowledge about Women Caucus’ stressed WC Focal Point Inthana who organized the consultation.