Philwomen on ASEAN

Philwomen on ASEAN is a Philippine network of more than 80 women’s groups and advocates advancing the rights of rural and urban poor women, indigenous women, women workers, migrants, lesbians, bisexual and trans women (LBT), women with disabilities (WWD), women living with HIV (WLHIV), and young women in Philwomen’s ASEAN work aims to strengthen women’s rights and engagement in ASEAN with the view of building and contributing to make ASEAN a people centered community that promotes, protects and fulfills human rights, women’s rights particularly. Philwomen’s work is characterized mainly by increasing women’s participation in the ASEAN processes both in the national and regional level, gathering women’s issues of women from the ground which will be brought forward in different ASEAN sectoral bodies, working with women’s movements and social movements in the country and across the region; and providing avenues for dialogue and discussions between the ASEAN representatives and the women advocates in the country and in Southeast Asia.

Philwomen was borne out of the series of regional and national consultations among women’s groups which led to establishing ASEAN as strategic terrain for women’s rights advocacy. The network was formed in 2009 and has engaged in different processes of ASEAN, such as submitting recommendations on the Rules of Procedures of both the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), among others.
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