Academic Partnerships and Public Advocacy

Regional Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s Rights Work in ASEAN: Alternatives for Regional Integration, Governance and Justice

7-8 November 2017Quezon City,
Philippines

Activity

Regional Dialogue on Strengthening
Women’s Rights Work in ASEAN: Alternatives for Regional Integration,
Governance and Justice was a two-day dialogue organized by the Women’s Legal Bureau (WLB)
a founding member of WEAVE.Weaving Women’s Voices in ASEAN, or “WEAVE”, a
regional group of women’s organizations and advocates from six ASEAN
countries.WEAVE is a regional network with members who are national networks
from 6 countries – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar,
Philippines and Thailand. The members are themselves national networks in
their respective countries.Regional Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s Rights Work in ASEAN:
  Alternatives for Regional Integration, Governance and JusticeThe dialogue
facilitated cross-movements exchanges with representation of women
activists  from the different social, sectoral, and grassroots movements
— working on trade and economic justice, information and communication
technology (ICT), workers’ movements, peasants, indigenous peoples, persons
with disability, and lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people,
etc.  The discussion looked into intersectionality of women’s
issues and marginalized sectors in relation to economic policies. See
Agenda
The Regional Dialogue brought together women’s human
rights groups, academics and advocates in SEA to discuss the following
issues:(1) Regional integration remains to be driven by pursuits
for accelerated economic growth and not people-centred;

(2) Need for women’s space to discuss and proposed
alternatives
for economic justice governance
; and(3) Develop economic
justice as a regional agenda of women’s advocates, feminists and
academics
.The findings of the research entitled, “Women and the
ASEAN 2025 Vision: Locating the Gender and Human Rights Dimension of the
ASEAN Economic Community”, a SHAPE-SEA Regional Grant Recipient were
presented.The Regional Dialogue was attended by 55 participants.The outputs
of the activity will include a regional brief on the alternatives for
Regional Economic Integration for strengthening women’s work rights in
ASEAN.

Co-supporters

OXFAM,Freidrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Regions
Refocus

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