IWTC Women's GlobalNet #361
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

 

BEIJING +15: NGOS PREPARE IN ASIA & THE PACIFIC
26 August 2009
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Iskra Sajor & Tina Johnson

1. ASIA PACIFIC NGO FORUM ON B+15 SCHEDULED FOR 22–24 OCTOBER IN THE
    PHILIPPINES

2. EXAMPLES OF PREPARATIONS FOR B+15 AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IN ASIA & THE
    PACIFIC: NEPAL & AUSTRALIA

3. UNESCAP PREPARES FOR HIGH–LEVEL REGIONAL MEETING ON B+15 TO BE HELD
    16–18 NOVEMBER, BANGKOK, THAILAND
 

1. ASIA PACIFIC NGO FORUM ON B+15 SCHEDULED FOR 22–24 OCTOBER IN THE PHILIPPINES

Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) is organizing the Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing + 15 on 22–24 October 2009 at Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines. Patricia B. Licuanan, President of Miriam College and former Chairperson of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is the Convener.


The Forum’s theme – “Weaving Wisdom, Confronting Crises, Forging the Future” – highlights the important contributions of women’s organizations and networks and feminist movements in meeting the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action. APWW is inviting all interested NGOs to organize workshops and seminars, which should contribute substantive inputs and discussions to the forum theme:

  • “Weaving wisdom” by sharing stories of women’s activism and the approaches, knowledge and skills developed; 
  • “Confronting crises” by presenting papers and programmes developed in response to crisis, whether economic, environmental, political or cultural, with a particular focus on addressing the impact on women’s needs and interests; and
  • “Forging the future” by brainstorming ways for inter-country and regional cooperation among civil society organizations to realize and enrich the vision of Beijing and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).


Participating organizations are expected to shoulder their own costs for meals and lodging in relation to the Forum. Workshop rooms and LCD projectors will be provided by the organizing committee free of charge.


An International Bazaar will also be held during the AP-NGO Forum, with products from both the Philippines (e.g. natural pearl accessories, woven baskets and fabrics, organic beauty products) and other countries. Participants are invited to bring beautiful crafts, spices, jams, textiles, jewellery, art, clothes and accessories that other women will want to purchase. A booth (and help to staff it) will be made available for registered participants at no extra cost.

 

For workshop application forms and more information see: http://apww.isiswomen.org/ 


If you are interested in bringing in items to be sold at the bazaar, contact Luz Martinez at lmmartinez@mc.edu.ph

 

2. EXAMPLES OF PREPARATIONS FOR B+15 AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IN ASIA & THE PACIFIC: NEPAL & AUSTRALIA

In Nepal Saathi – in coordination with other key women’s organizations and activists – is planning to bring out an NGO Nepal report on Beijing + 15 in time to share it with the AP-NGO Forum in October and later at the Commission on the Status of Women. The document is expected to be finalized after a two-day national conference in Kathmandu in the second week of September that will be attended by around 100 gender activists and women’s organizations.


For more information, contact Bandana Rana at
bandanarana@gmail.com or

saathi@gmail.com


A series of caravans (or meetings) are taking place across Australia until the end of September to allow a broad diversity of women to participate in bringing their voice to the Beijing + 15 review. The information, which is being collected by JERA International, will then be analysed, and issues and recommendations will be prepared to feed back to participating NGOs and the Government in time for the regional review in October 2009. Women are invited to participate by running or attending a caravan or by filling out an e-questionnaire. JERA International will also be holding workshops with men during November 2009.

For a caravan information kit see: http://www.jerainternational.org 


For list of caravans held in each state see:
http://www.jerainternational.org/


For the questionnaire see:
http://jerainternational.org/b15-platform-for-action-review-survey

 

3. UNESCAP PREPARES FOR HIGH-LEVEL REGIONAL MEETING ON B+15 TO BE HELD 16–18 NOVEMBER, BANGKOK, THAILAND

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organized an Expert Group Meeting on 13–15 May 2009 to discuss the conceptual and organizational framework for the High Level Regional Meeting on Beijing + 15 to be held 16–18 November 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. To access selected papers presented at the Expert Group Meeting see: http://www.unescap.org/esid/GAD/index.asp 


Also to support the High Level Regional Meeting, an Expert Group Meeting on gender statistics and the use of violence against women indicators in support of CEDAW and the Beijing Platform for Action was convened by UNESCAP on 1–3 October 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. For details see:

http://www.unescap.org/stat/meet/egm2008/index.asp


UNESCAP circulated questionnaires to governments in Asia and the Pacific to aid in the appraisal of progress in implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the UN General Assembly (2000) over the five-year period from 2004 to 2009.  The process will identify achievements, gaps and challenges as well as provide an indication of areas where actions and initiatives are most urgent to further implementation. The questionnaire can be found at:

http://www.unescap.org/ESID/GAD/Issues/Beijing+15/index_questionaire.asp


For more on the High Level Meeting and responses to the questionnaire see:

http://www.unescap.org/esid/gad/Issues/Beijing+15/index.asp

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