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The Southeast Asia Women’s Caucus on ASEAN, otherwise known as the Women’s Caucus is a network of more than 100 organizations and networks that engage the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to advance women’s human rights. Its membership is spread across 11 countries including East Timor.

The Women’s Caucus is co-convened by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and the International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP).  Its secretariat is at APWLD in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The network’s decision-making body is the coordinating group which consists of:
i. Focal points of three countries which are the present, past and future chairs of ASEAN {Currently Council of Women Brunei Darussalam/Brunei, Silaka/Cambodia and NGO Gender Group and Women’s League of Burma/Myanmar respectively}
ii. Indonesian Focal Point  (ASEAN secretariat base)
iii. Co-convenors (the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and the International Women’s Rights Action Watch –Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP).

The coordinating group is designed to facilitate a sharing of leadership and a mentoring system, where national women’s movements are able to impart learnings and capacities to another in mobilizing women’s movements across the region. Just like the Women’s Caucus emphasis on increasing participation of young women into the network, such mechanism is one contribution in sustaining feminist movements and diversifying civil society spaces.

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