APWW Commission on the Status of Women 63rd Session Written Statement (2019)
Social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure are at the heart of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Without scaling up investments in this area, virtually all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals — be they social, economic, environmental or political — will remain out of reach. Social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure play a critical role in“transforming our world”. As such, their provision must be geared to changing unequal gender relations to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Social Protection and security must be viewed through the women ’s rights perspective. Gender responsive social protection should not be perceived only about women in labour markets, it has to be about women at home, in farms and forests and fields where women are. There is need for social security discourse to be redefines to look at the strategic and practical needs of women especially from the socially and economically vulnerable groups.
Full statement here
Final Declaration Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing +15
Following the NGO Forum on Beijing + 15 held 22-24 October, 2009 at Miriam College, Quezon City , Phlippinnes – the Weaving Wisdom, Confronting Crises, Forging the Future Declaration was drawn up to reflect the position of the Asia Pacific Region – this Declaration was tabled at ESCAP at the Intergovernmental Meeting on Beijing + 15 and read out in the opening ceremony by Dr Patricia Licuanan, Chair Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW)
Full Declaration here AP NGO Final Declaration
Research Report – ‘Joining the dots – Exploring the economic empowerment of women in conflict affected areas – combining UNSCR 1325, CEDAW, BPFA and MDGs’
Joining the Dots shares the findings of an Asia Pacific regional research inquiry conducted collaboratively between Justice Equality Rights Access (JERA) International, an Australian based women’s NGO; Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) a regional network of women’s organizations and groups in the Asia Pacific Region; and Women and Media Collective (WMC), a Sri Lankan based NGO.
The research was carried out in six countries from the Asia Pacific Region; Aceh (East Asia), Fiji (the Pacific), Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia), and Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka (South Asia). These countries were identified as having been affected by conflict; by the overthrow of governments and the institution of repressive regimes, or by other military operations, resulting in large numbers of people being killed or becoming Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) and by the destruction of property.
The inquiry explores the reality of the lives of women affected by conflict and the effect on opportunities for livelihood enhancement and economic empowerment.
Full Report can be found here
As part of this study, a short documentary was produced
Joining the Dots Documentary part 1 is here
Joining the Dots Documentary part 2 is here
Beijing + 10 Review Report – The Little Purple Book (2005)
In 2005 for the ten year review of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing +10) Asia Pacific Women’s Watch worked with counterpart organisations and networks to develop The Little Purple Book, consisting of regional statements and recommendations for each critical area was a key advocacy tool for the advancement of women in the Asia and Pacific Region.
Critical Area A : Poverty
Critical Area B : Education and Training
Critical Area C : Health
Critical Area D : Violence Against Women
Critical Area E : Armed Conflict
Critical Area F : Economy
Critical Area G : Power and Decision Making
Critical Area H : Institutional Mechanism for the Advancement of Women
Critical Area I : Human Rights of Women
Critical Area J : Women and the Media
Critical Area K : Women and the Environment
Critical Area L : The Girl Child