Weaving Wisdom, Confronting Crises, Forging the Future
Acknowledging and recognizing the hard work and struggles of many women who have walked with us to this point and paying tribute to those who have passed on, we, close to 700 women and girls representing women’s movements from the Asia and Pacific Region, reaffirm the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) as a strategic document for women and girls empowerment, human rights, peace, human security and gender-inclusive development and as a key tool for advancing government’s commitments to the Millennium Development Goals. (MDGs)
We recognize and celebrate the contributions of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) especially the women’s movements to advance women’s rights, to support the empowerment of women and girls, and to facilitate their access to social economic and political opportunities. We acknowledge the role played by these organizations in advocating with governments the principles and strategies to make societies free of poverty, violence, conflict and discrimination against women, and to achieve these goals through pursuit of democratic principles of dialogue, consensus building, transparency and respect for equity and plurality.
We welcome Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889 that pave the way for supporting women’s rightful roles in all aspects of peace-making, conflict resolution and peace-building, including addressing gender based violence which seriously and adversely impact the security, health and education of women and girls. The Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has been ratified in all but 4 countries in this region and as recommended in the BPFA, a number of countries have adopted national action plans on women’s rights and gender equality. Domestic laws and policies have been passed or are being formulated and regional initiatives undertaken to combat domestic and institutionalized violence against women. Some countries have instituted quotas or other affirmative measures to increase women’s political representation/ participation in decision making bodies.
We acknowledge the efforts of some countries in the region to improve health outcomes for women and girls and also that some countries have measures in place to reduce gender gaps in literacy and in primary and secondary education.
Read more in the word document attached