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A directory of NGOs in the Asia Pacific that monitors the various areas of concern of the BPFA. This directory is being developed in collaboration with the South East Asia Watch.

Regional and global women's organizations

Asia Pacific Women's Watch (APWW)

The Asia Pacific Women's Watch (APWW) is the regional network that monitors and coordinates NGO activities for the Review of the Beijing Platform for Action. APWW actively lobbies for Asia-Pacific women's perspectives to be included in United Nations documents and processes. Its 18-member Steering Committee works to ensure sustained monitoring and implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. During the 44th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, APWW convened the Asia Pacific Caucus, and led the regional NGO intervention.

Contact: Eileen Pittaway
Asian Pacific Human Rights Council
11 Vallet Road Forestville, NSW 2087
Tel: 61 2 9975 5027
Fax: 61 2 9662-8991

More Background Information about the Asia Pacific Women's Watch
Directory of APWW Steering Committee

Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD)

APWLD is a regional NGO committed to enabling women to use law as an instrument of social change for equality, justice and development. One of its goals is the promotion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and CEDAW.

Contact: Jenny Thambayah
305-7 YMCA Santhitham Building,
Sermsuk Road, Soi Mengrairasmi, Chiangmai,
50300 Thailand
Tel: 66 53 404 613-4
Fax: 66 53 404 615

Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

ARROW is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Its current program focus is on women and health, in particular reproductive health. It publishes the journal Arrows for Change, which has a regular section on BPFA and ICPD implementation in the region.

Contact: Ms. Rashidah Abdullah, Director
2nd Floor, Block F, Anjung Felda Jalan Maktab
54000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel.:(603) 292-9913
Fax: (603) 292-9958
Web site:

International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP)

IWRAW is an autonomous regional NGO which works through collaborative projects in order to achieve the domestic application of international human rights norms in relation to women's rights. Its key strategies include the monitoring of CEDAW implementation in the region.

Contact: Atty. Eleanor Conda / Shanthi Dairiam, Director
2nd Floor, Block F, Anjung Felda, Jalan Maktab
5400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel.: (603) 2913292
Fax: (603) 2984203

South East Asia Watch (SEAWATCH)

South East Asia Watch or SEAWatch is a regional network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in partnership with governmental agencies, international bodies such as the United Nations and other organizational and individual actors to ensure the effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) in the Southeast Asian Region.

Contact: Dr. Patricia Licuanan
c/o President's Office
Miriam College
Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: (632) 435-9229; (632) 924-6769
Fax No.: 426-0169

Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)

WEDO is an international advocacy network actively working to transform society to achieve social, political, economic and environmental justice for all through the empowerment of women, in all diversity, and their equal participation with men in decision-making from grassroots to global arenas. WEDO conducts surveys of governments and NGOs on the progress of BPFA implementation, and publishes reports on it. The latest of which is "Mapping Progress: Assessing Implementation of the Beijing Platform".

355 Lexington Ave., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel: 1-212-973-0325
Fax: 1-212-973-0335
Web site:


Coalition of Australian Participating Organizations of Women

A network of 63 national women's organizations, it works to create linkages between NGOs and government departments. It also monitors national implementation of the BPFA.

Contact: Trish Hill, National Coordinator
Room 1. Old Hackett Primary School, 114 Maitland St., Hackett
P.O.Box 67 Hackett ACT 2602, Australia
Tel.: (61-6) 247-1265
Fax: (61-6) 247-1354


Azebaijan "Women and Development" Center

Initiates and supports activities of women, youth and civic NGOs. Monitors implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Methods include advocacy with government officials, parliament members and national and international networks.

Contact: Elmira Suleymanova, President
Azerbaijan Women and Development Centre,
3/6 S. Rustamov St., 370001, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel.: (994-12) 927-920
Fax: (994-12) 972-073



A women's network at the grassroots level, its activities ranges from local-level constituency building to national level coalition building and participation in international discussion on these issues. It monitors government policies on violence against women, and participates in government advisory committees. The network lobbies for the adoption of a pilot research program on urban and rural violence.

Contact: Maheen Sultan
House 51, Road 9A, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka 1209, Bangladesh
Tel: (880-2) 819917
Fax: (880-2) 811431


Women's Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC)

WMC is the primary NGO on Cambodia addressing women's issues through the media. WMC has close links with local and international NGOs, especially those which focus on public education, human rights, women's issues, and media and development.

Contact: Sokuntheary Kim
#9 St. 21 Tomle Basac, Chamkarmorn, P.Pente, Cambodia
Tel./Fax: 855-23-364-882


All China Women's Federation (ACWF)

Strives for the further emancipation of women and serves as liaison between the Party, the Government and the women of China. Mobilizes women to take an active part in economic reform, unites and educates women to improve their sense of self-esteem, self-reliance and professional skills, and helps to establish support services for women and children. Has branches at provincial, county and township levels.

Contact: Cai Sheng, Division Director
15 Jian Guo Men Nei St., Beijing 100730, China
Tel: (86-10) 6522-1133 / 6522-5361
Fax: (86-10) 6525-6503 / 6513-6044

Capital Women Journalists' Association of China (CWJA-China)

Capital Women's Journalists' Associatin of China works to eliminate gender discrimination in media through training programs. It has also held campaigns on gender issues and the promotion of women's social status. The organization monitors the women's roles and portrayal in media through surveys.

Contact: Li Xing
15 Huixin, Dongjie, Beijing, China 100029
Tel.: 86-10-64918640 (0)
Fax: 86-10-64918377 (0)

Contact: Xiong Lei
Tel.: 86-10-63874439 (0)
Fax: 86-10-63874358 (0)


Centre for Health, Education, Training & Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA)

Works to improve the effectiveness of government implemented supplementary feeding programs for mothers and children in Gujarat. Monitors the empowerment of disadvantaged women and children to gain control over their own families' and communities' health. Methods include research and dissemination of information.

Contact: Indu Capoor, Director
Lilavatiben Lalbhai's Bungalow, Civil Camp Road.
Shahibaug, Ahmedabad 38004, Gujarat, India
Tel: (91-79) 786-8856/6695
Fax: (91-79) 786-6513


Kajian Wanita Women's Studies Program of the University of Indonesia

Conducts research supporting formulation of policies and legislation to benefit women. Involved in increasing women's participation in policy and legislation-making processes. Monitors women's worker rights and the inclusion of CEDAW in law school curricula.

Contact: Saparinah Sadli
Gedung Rektorat Lama, It. IV, Salemba, Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel.: (62-21) 399-7407
Fax: (62-21) 724-4504


Women's NGO Coordinating Office

The Women's NGO Coordinating Office was established to provide support for and coordinate activities of Iranian women's NGOs in international gatherings, especially at the Beijing Conference. It deals with NGOs involved in six major areas: charity and cultural issues, politics and social issues, research, minority issues, publications and education.

N. 182 Labafinejad Ave., Tehran, Iran
Tel.: (98-21) 616-2867
Fax: (98-21) 640-3038

Women's Solidarity Association

The Women's Solidarity Association seeks to familiarize features of Iranian women to the international community. It embodies solidarity with women's associations in other countries. It supports women's capability for maintaining spiritual values simultaneously with participation in all social, political and cultural fields.

Contact: Fatima Hashemi Rafsanjani
P.O. Box 13165-117 Tehran, Iran
Tel.: (98-21) 641-3636
Fax: (98-21) 640-6840


Israel Women's Network (IWN)

IWN engages in legislative activity, litigation, advocacy and consciousness-raising on the following issues: women's representation in government and all decision-making bodies; empowerment; leadership; training; law and public policy; marriage and divorce; violence; education; gender; and environment. IWN also has a Resource Center for researchers, students, civil servants and journalists.

Contact: Noga Applebaum, Resource Center Coordinator
P.O.Box 53186, Jerusalem 91531, Israel
Tel.: (972-2) 671-8885
Fax: (972-2) 671-8887
Email: or


Beijing-Japan Accountability Caucus (Beijing-JAC)

Analyzes published government documents concerning women, meets and lobbies with the Office of Gender Equality on the issue of instituting a ministry of women's affairs, and enacting new legislation regarding violence against women. Lobbies women parliamentarians for the creation of a special committee on women to deal with implementation plans for the Beijing Platform.

Contact: Yoko Kitazawa
1236 Takadaco, Kohokuku, Yokohama, Japan
Tel.: (81-45) 531-1932
Fax: (81-45) 541-8204


Arab Women's Organization

The Arab Women's Organization has been struggling since 1970 to improve the status of Jordanian women. It monitors implementation of gender equality, reproductive health and rights, and environmental issues through training programs and providing materials to politicians and top government officials.

Contact: Emily Naffa, President
P.O.Box 6864, Amman 11118, Jordan
Tel.: (962-6) 697-668
Fax: (962-6) 650-644


Karakalpak Center for Health and Environment (Center Perzent)

Monitors status of women, women's health and reproductive rights, and international programs which deal with the Aral Sea region. Monitoring methods include surveying government plans, working with local people, and cooperating with local authorities, institutes and NGOs.

Contact: Oral Ataniyazova
742012 Republic of Karakalpakstan, Nukus-12, P.O. Box 27
Tel: (7-36122) 36155 / 41071
Fax: (7-36122) 71686

Korea, Republic of

Korea Women's Associations United (KWAU)

KWAU was created to unite the power of women's organizations working for women's rights and democracy. It has 31 member organizations representing the Korean women's movement. KWAU strives to build an equal society free from institutional discrimination and a democratic country where human rights are guaranteed. It also seeks to achieve the reunification of North and South Korea.

Contact: Cho Young-Sook
38-84 Changchung-Dong 1KA, Chung-ku, Seoul 100391, Republic of Korea
Tel.: (82-2) 273-9535
Fax: (82-2) 273-9539
Web site:

Kyrgyz Republic

Diamond Association

Women's international democratic association with offices in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Main goal is to develop women as individuals, improve their status in society; protect women's rights and improve health care for women.

Contact: Bermet G. Tugelbayeva
164-15 Chu Ave., Bishkek 720001, Krygyz Republic
Tel.: (7-3312) 226-384
Fax: (7-3312) 226-384


Gender Resource and Information Development Center (GRID)

GRID is a non-government agency set up to improve gender information in LAO P.D.R. It documents relevant gender information and produces country situationers on Lao women, which become the basis for the development of gender indicators.

Contact: Mme. Bandith Prathoumvanh, National Project Director
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel.:(856-21) 416-343 / 413-228 / 516-264
Fax: (856-21) 416-343


Women's Aid Organization (WAO)

WAO is an independent and non-religious organization based in Malaysia. WAO is a group of paid and voluntary workers working on the issue of violence against women. WAO provides refuge center, face-to-face counseling and telephone counseling to women victims of domestic violence.

Contact: Ivy Josiah, Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 493, Jalan Sultan 46990
Petaling Jaya Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel.:(603) 756-3488
Fax: (603) 756-3237
Email: or

Marshall Islands


Roots monitors women's rights, land rights issues and economic policies through updating the media and inviting government representatives to speak to the organization's members about government policies.

P.O. Box 1138 Najmajuro, 96960, Marshall Islands
Tel.: (692) 625-3355 / 625-7332
Fax: (692) 625-3153


Women's Information and Research Centre (WIRC)

WIRC's goals include the creation of a database and network on gender issues. It works to influence legislation and policy-making to promote women's empowerment, link women's NGOs, set up information networks at local and national levels and cooperate with international networks.

Contact: G. Urantsooj
P.O. Box 26/301, Ulanbaatar, Mongolia
Tel./Fax: (976-1) 36717

Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre (LACC)

LACC is a non-governmental legal resource organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of the rights of women and children, and to uplifting their socio-legal status through a variety of multidisciplinary activities. The Center explores how law contributes to women's subordination and how it can serve as an important tool for women's empowerment. It is also a member of the Asian Caucus.

Contact: Dr. Shanta Thapalia
Justice Leonor I. Luciano, Member, Board of Convenors
G.P.O.Box 3216, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: 977-1-527334
Fax: 977-1-523871

Democracy and Women

Works to promote women's political participation and provides educational, informational and training programs for women in political, economic and social spheres. Monitors implementation of state policies on women, the National Program on the Advancement of Women's Status, and the gender impact of structural adjustment programs. Studies and evaluates surveys concerning women with the Women's Research Center.

Contact: B. Odonchimeg
P.O. Box 24/740, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Tel: (976-1) 327-309
Fax: (976-1) 320-210


Women Information & News Agency

Monitors all issues related to women by working with the government and helping implement government policies.

Contact: Julie Olsson
P.O. Box 443, Nauru
Tel.: (674) 444-3768
Fax: (674) 444-3791



SAATHI is a Nepalese women's organization focusing into research into gender issues and human rights of women in Nepal. It is a member of the coordinating committee of the Asian Caucus.

Contact: Dr. Arju Deuba, Madhuri Singh, Pramada Shah
G.P.O. Box 7770, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: 977-1-411081 / 977-1-254545
Fax: 255565
Email: or

Contact: Bandana Rana
G.P.O. Box 374, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: 977-1-538106
Fax: 977-1-227160

Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre (LACC)

LACC is a non-governmental legal resource organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of the rights of women and children, and to uplifting their socio-legal status through a variety of multidisciplinary activities. The Center explores how law contributes to women's subordination and how it can serve as an important tool for women's empowerment. It is also a member of the Asian Caucus.

Contact: Dr. Shanta Thapalia
G.P.O.Box 3216, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: 977-1-527334
Fax: 977-1-523871

Socio-Economic Welfare Action for Women in Nepal (SEWA)

SEWA is dedicated to the socio-economic upliftment of women and children in Nepal. It conducts research and publishes issues relating to the girl child, consumer rights, and non-formal education. It monitors economic policies and its effects on women and girls. It is also a member of the government committee to follow-up the Beijing Platform.

Contact: Kalyanee Shah, President
P.O.Box 2475, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: (977) 410-856 / 418-154
Fax: (977) 141-642


Shirkat Gah (Women's Resource Center)

Aims to increase women's autonomy, access to resources and decision-making. It also monitors areas concerning women's development, and works to change policies and attitudes towards women. Its methods include consciousness-raising, publications and non-formal teacher training.

Contact: Khawar Mumtaz
208 Scotch Corner, Upper Laa, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel.: (92-42) 576-0764 / 575-9372
Fax: (92-42) 571-3714


Center for Legislative Development (CLD)

Nonpartisan, independent legislative development organization that addresses both the need for institutional capability-building of legislatures and for broadening citizen participation in the legislative process. Envisions a society where relevant, responsive and gender-fair legislation is enacted by democratically-elected and functioning legislatures to promote equality , development and peace for all. Works to ensure people's participation in the legislative decision-making and implementation of laws at all levels of governance.

Contact: Sheila Espine, Executive Director
Rm.217 Philippine Social Science Center (PSSC) Commonwealth Ave.,
Diliman 1121, Quezon City, The Philippines
Tel: (63-2) 927-4030 / 922-9621 loc. 329
Fax: (63-2) 927-2936

Philippine NGO Beijing Score Board (PBSB)

PBSB disseminates information on developments and events after the Beijing conference. It monitors the implementation of the BPFA through Congress and the executive branch. It also reviews and lobbies to amend or pass laws through the Committee on Women of the House of Representatives.

Contacts: Daphne B. Roxas, Secretariat Coordinator
Justice Leonor I. Luciano, Member, Board of Convenors
101 Hyacinth, Roxas District, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 371-4064 / 371-4065
Fax:(632) 373-7902
Email: or


Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)

AWARE is a Singaporean organization that conducts research and training on issues of concern to women. AWARE also runs a helpline for women in distress.

Contact: Lyn / Yoke Chin Janet, Assistant Hon. Treasurer
Block 5, Dover Crescent #01-22 Singapore 130005
Tel.:(02) 780-5026 / 209-4828
Fax:(02) 777-0318
Email: or

Singapore Council of Women's Organizations

Coordinating NGO body of 42 Singapore women's organizations. It monitors family policies, women's health, family violence, education, employment policies, and economic empowerment of women. Its strategies include advocacy with government officials and politicians, and examining government statistics.

Contact: Anamah Tan, President
Block 24 Outram Park, #03-115, Singapore 0316, Singapore
Tel.: (65) 224-3405
Fax: (65) 224-3406


Thai Women Watch

Thai Women Watch is a non-government organization directly monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in Thailand.

Contact: Ms. Thanpuying Sumalee Chartikavanij
2234 New Petchaburi Road, Huaykwang 10320 Bangkok, Thailand
Tel.:(662) 314-4316 / 718-0373
Fax: (662) 718-0372

Contact: Dr. Pawadee Tonguthai
53/1 Sukumvit Soi 53, Sukumvit Road 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
Tel.:(662) 258-7683
Fax:(662) 259-6171 or 224-9428

Friends of Women Foundation (FOW)

FOW's objectives are to protect and promote women's rights and equal opportunities in the social, economic and political aspects. It also monitors issues of violence against women, the quality of life of women workers, especially occupational health and safety, and women's health and reproductive rights, as well as gender and development. FOW also provides legal aid, consultation, education and training services.

1379/30 Soi Praditchai, Phaholyothin Road
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 2797158 / 2700928 / 6182707 / 6182708
Fax: (66-2) 2700929


Vietnam Women's Union (VWU)

VWU seeks to represent Vietnamese women nationally, regionally and internationally. Over the years, VWU has expanded its ties with other organizations for the advancement and development of women. VWU was a focal point in Vietnam's participation in the Beijing Conference and continues to monitor its implementation in Vietnam through its newsletter, Women of Vietnam.

Contact: Nguyen Thi Thanh Dam, Expert of Documentation Department
39 Hang Chuoi, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel.:(844) 971-7225
Fax:(844) 971-3143

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