Call for Application to Asia Pacific Beijing+20 Civil Society Forum

On 14-16 November, 2014, Asia Pacific civil society organisations (CSOs) will gather in Bangkok, Thailand to develop a collective strategy on the priority issues for the Asia Pacific region on the Beijing +20 review processes. You can apply to attend and to have a workshop at the forum via the online application form or download the form and send it to application.csoforumb20@gmail.com. Applicants also applying to organise workshops at the forum will need to submit their workshop application separately.   CSO Forum Application Form Workshop Application Form   More information can be found at the website: http://apwld.org/call-for-applications-to-the-asia-pacific-beijing-20-civil-society-forum/Read more

The passing of one of the Pacific’s leading woman journalist

Laisa Taga, one of the Pacific's leading and most senior women in journalis, she had been battling cancer for some time, and after passing away last Friday morning she was farewelled by her many Suva colleagues this Wednesday morning. Laisa helped grow a Pacific voice towards shaping Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action, which later helped shape the section on Women, media and ICTs area of concern in the revised Pacific Platform for Action of 2004—because ten years before, even as Pacific Women were heading towards Beijing, the issue around media…Read more

Philippines best in gender equality in Asia-Pacific

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is the best performer within the Asia-Pacific region when it comes to gender equality. The country has also improved its global ranking to fifth place from eighth in the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report. This latest annual gender-equality-focused report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked 136 countries on their ability to close the gender gap in four key areas—economic equality, political participation, health and survival, and educational attainment. “The Philippines remains the most advanced country in the [Asia-Pacific] region in terms of gender equality, ranking fifth in the global…Read more

Disaster recovery in the Asia Pacific

Tuesday was a busy day. At 8.45am at CCUN level 8, APWW held a forum looking at gender is disaster affected areas. Each speaker had 7 minutes to speak and all presentations were engaging and informative. I was interested to hear that in Japan, for example, post disaster, women have actually had more success when it comes to acquiring new skills and employment as they are more willing to learn new, appropriate skills to adapt to the new society. One issue that was raised however, that in any future crisis, women's skills need…Read more

Raising a Voice: Young Women in the Asia Pacific Speak Out

This morning the Asia Pacific Women;s Watch presented “Raising a Voice: Young Women from Asia Pacific Women Speak Out.” This being my first presentation at CSW, I was understandably nervous. My presentation was about, “The Same Sex Marriage Debate in Australia.” I detailed the current legal situation for same sex couples in Australia, then outlined the gaps that still remain. I then spoke of some recent movements and then detailed the current political situation including the introduction of two separate private members bills to the Federal Parliament. While I was very nervous, I…Read more
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