Voices 2000 and Beyond
Asia-Pacific Women's Lobbying Document for Beijing plus Five
This book is based on the report of the Asia Pacific NGO Symposium, Women 2000, held in Thailand, September 1999. (See also the FINAL REPORT OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC NGO SYMPOSIUM.) The draft was the focus of work at the Lobbying Training Workshop organised by Asia Pacific Women's Watch (APWW) in Kathmandu January 2000, and amendments were made following that workshop, in the context of the original text.
At the workshop in Kathmandu, women from across the region identified five priority areas which they wish address at CSW and Beijing plus Five (Women 2000). They are:
- Women and the Economy: addressing the negative effects of globalisation,
World Trade Organisation (WTO) Policy, and the burden of debt on many women
in the region, which has led to the increasing feminisation of poverty, in
particular with rural, indigenous and migrant women.
- The Continuing Human Rights Abuses of Women: addressing violence against
women, rape, trafficking, forced prostitution, honour killings, the
marginalisation of minority groups and denial of land rights and
- Women in Armed Conflict: addressing the increase of militarisation, and
involvement of women in situations of conflict across the region. Issues
of major concern are the systematic use of rape and sexual torture in
conflict situations, and the conditions of refugee and displaced women and
- Institutional Mechanisms to Promote Equality for Women: addressing the
need for a much stronger focus on strategies such as gender mainstreaming,
educational reform and curricula to ensure access and equity for women to
enable their participation in mainstream institutions
- Political Participation and Decision making: addressing the continued
low participation of women in politics and decision making roles. This
participation is crucial to the empowerment of women, and to their ability
to achieve equal status in all aspects of life.
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