ASEAN gab tackles women’s issues

Posted: January 20, 2015

The National Council of Women of the Philippines represented the country in the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference (APRC) and the ASEAN Confederation of Women Organizations (ACWO) held recently at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

With the theme “Assuring Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges in Transforming Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific,” the 10-member Asean organizations collaborated with the collective commitment to “move forward the agenda in gender and climate change, the economic empowerment of women and elimination of violence against women.”

The women’s organization likewise made a commitment to put in the mainstream the “needs of women and girls in climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives, as well as disaster reduction policies and program.”

“This is in view of the enomous toll that disasters and climate change are taking on women hood in Asia and the Pacific,” the delegates voiced out and concluded in their statement.

The result of the three-day conference was contained in a statement presented by APRC president, Dr. Monthip Sriratana Tabucanon during the dinner reception hosted by the Royal Thai Government and the National Council of Women of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty, the Queen.

The NCWP headed by Pres. Leonida “Baby” Ortiz, commissioner of the Philippine Council of Women had as its representative to the conference the author, alternate institutional board member from the Philippine Women’s University as head of the delegation, with Rebecca Yusingco of Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines and Hermina Lorenzo of Auxiliary to the Philippine Medical Association of Cavite City.

Joining NCWP in the APRC and ACWO conference were the National Councils of Women of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Thiland, Vietnam Women’s Union, the Cambodia Women for Peace and Development, Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation, Kongres Wanita Indonesia, Vietnam Women’s Union and Singapore Council of Women Organizations.

The twin conference were held in parallel with the Asian and the Pacific Conference on “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review” which was convened by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Leading the Philippine delegation were Dr. Patricia Licuanan, chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education; Remedios Rikken, Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women and Amb. Rosario Manalo of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

As reported by Police Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo, Minister of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand, the conference reflected the Asian countries’ commitment and unyielding efforts to “promote women’s advancement at this critical time for the international committee, with the current review of the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals.”

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