ARROW Document – What does the new TPPA mean for women in developing countries?

ARROW wishes to  share its recent publication on Trade and Gender:  How the new TPPA will affect women in developing countries.

The CPTPP, or TPPA-11 as it has been nicknamed, was signed on March 8, 2018 in Chile with the remaining original members of the TPPA bar the US: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. It will come into force when six of its signatories complete domestic ratification procedures, which could be as soon as the end of 2018. This paper aims to analyse the current literature to explore how the CPTPP will likely impact women in the partnerships’ developing country members

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Congratulations to next President and CEO of Global Fund for Women – Layanya Mapp Frett


Global Fund for Women is proud to announce Latanya Mapp Frett has been appointed as the next President and CEO of Global Fund for Women beginning July 1, 2019.

Global Fund for Women’s current President and CEO Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro will lead the organization until her retirement on June 30, 2019.

Dr. Kanyoro says, “I am thrilled to welcome Latanya to Global Fund for Women’s community. Latanya and I are committed to ensuring a healthy, seamless transition and to model feminist, collaborative solidarity and leadership.”

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Source : Global Fund for Women

Meet some of our members – Pacific

Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand) Inc. (PWW(NZ))was established five years ago to be a link to the Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW), the umbrella Watch which monitors, review and reports on the status of women in the Asia-Pacific Region.   Over 60 percent of the world’s women live in the Asia-Pacific Region, one of the five regions recognised by the United Nations.

The New Zealand organisation, which became incorporated in 2001, is part of a sub-regional network reporting within the wider region.

Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand) has the following objectives

  • To ensure women’s voices from the sub-region and especially New Zealand are heard internationally
  • To be a communication link between New Zealand non-governmental women, the sub-region and internationally
  • To monitor the Beijing Platform for Action and any subsequent plans of action for the advancement of women
  • To share strategies to measure and assess changes in women’s ststus
  • To recognise views and expectations of Tangata Whenau

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Meet some of our Members – Japan Women’s Watch (JAWW)

JAWW is an advocacy organization with special focus on the implementation of Beijing Platform of Action (BPFA) and other internationally agreed documents, including 2030 Agenda, as well as domestic policies and plans for gender equality and Japan’s official development assistance (ODA).

JAWW succeeded in part the activities by a group named Japan NGO Report Group which was set up in 1999 in preparation for Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century.

JAWW is closely working with the Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW), a regional network to advance the status of women in the Asia Pacific Region. APWW collaborates with United Nations organizations, national governments and NGOs. APWW covers about 20 countries in South-East, Central, East, and South Asia and Pacific region and works with regional women’s networks.


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Meet some of our members – The Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

ARROW strives to enable women to be equal citizens in all aspects of their life by ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and rights are achieved.

Established in 1993 upon a needs assessment arising out of a regional women’s health project, where the originating vision was to create a resource center that would ‘enable women to better define and control their lives’, ARROW is a regional non-profit women’s organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) of the United Nations. We work closely with many national partners in countries, regional and global networks around the world, and are able to reach stakeholders in 120 countries.

We work towards achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for all in the Asia-Pacific through:

  • Monitoring and evidence building for change
  • Mobilising communities for sexual and reproductive rights accountability
  • Building new constituencies for sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Information and communication for change
  • Advocacy

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Meet some of our members – Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre

Shirkat Gah is a women’s rights organisation based in Lahore, Pakistan, and acts as the regional office (RCO-Asia) of the international network Women Living Under Muslim Laws. It has provided support to women who have been subjected to forced marriages and has organised and campaigned around cases of ‘honour killings’ of women. It has also documented customary practices, including ‘honour crimes’, which result in violence against women throughout Pakistan. Shirkat Gah also has legal advice centres, researchers on health/reproductive rights, as well as VAW and equality under the law. Note: there are offices also in Karachi and Peshawar, but the Lahore office houses the WLUML RCO-Asia. Karachi and Lahore have resource collections, legal advisers, and research / campaigning programme, and publications. The Peshawar office is currently scaled back and has a separate email address.


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Meet some of our members – Sri Lankan Women’s NGO Forum (SLWNGOF)

The Sri Lanka Women’s NGO Forum (SLWNGOF) was formed in 1993 initially for the purpose of dissemination information among NGOs in Sri Lanka on the Fourth World Conference on Women 1995 (Beijing). The SLWNGOF has been actively involved in working in the area of promoting the Beijing Platform for Action in Sri Lanka (BPFA). Through facilitating the participation of over 45 women NGO representatives to the NGO Forum in 1995 (Beijing) the SLWNGOF has built up a network of over 60 NGOs around the country.

Since 1996, the SLWNGOF has worked in partnership with several South Asian countries through the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in promoting the implementation of the BPFA in Sri Lanka and in South Asia. It is also regularly consulted by UNIFEM in assessing post Beijing processes over the last five years. The SLWNGOF is a member of the South Asia Women’s Watch (SAWW) and also is represented in the Steering Committee of the Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW). The SLWNGOF as a core member of SAWW, in the first quarter of 2004, held a national consultation with its network of NGOs on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Nationally, the SLWNGOF is consulted by state bodies such as the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and by the National Committee on Women with regard to national level planning and drafting of new policies aimed at recognition and protection of women’s rights in the country. Committee members of the SLWNGOF are resource persons for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and members of the National Committee on Women. SLWNGOF has been involved in the formulation of the Women’s Charter of Sri Lanka, the National Plan of Action on Women and are consulted in preparation of other government policies such as the Sri Lanka Report to the Commission on the Status of Women. The SLWNGOF was part of the lobby by women’s organizations to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform in 2003 calling for special temporary measures to ensure women’s participation and representation in political and decision making in Sri Lanka.

The network of women’s organizations and community-based organizations which work with the Sri Lanka Women’s NGO Forum come from all ethnic communities in the country and also represents the geographical and economic diversity of Sri Lankans; for example, the network includes active participation of organizations from the plantation sector as well as from the Eastern Province, it has maintained links with a major women’s organization in the North as well as those working with women from the border villages in the North-East. The issue of promotion of peace and ethnic harmony and a negotiated political settlement to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka have been of critical concern for the SLWNGOF. The successful conceptualization and implementation of the activities of the SLWNGOF since its inception bears good testimony to the inclusive nature of the SLWNGOF.

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