ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) 2019 Partnership Conference
Bangkok, Thailand April 1 – 2, 2019
The U.S. Government, through the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project, is providing complementary support to the ACWC along with the Government of Australia, Plan International, Thailand Institute of Justice, and the Asia Foundation among others to host the 2019 Partners’ Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The two-day event kicked off by welcoming the over 80 participants from ASEAN bodies, government of Thailand officials, and international organizations and donors working on the most pressing priority issues under the ACWC’s 2016 – 2020 Work Plan. In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Wanchai Roujanavong, ACWC’s Representative for Children Rights and the ACWC Chair, thanked all key partners, including the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project for its past and current support to advancing the ACWC Work Plan, particularly its ongoing support to counter the heinous form of violence against women and children—trafficking in persons. He went on to stress the critical importance of partnerships to leverage expertise and resources to overcome the challenges facing the region.
The two-day conference includes expert-led panel discussions on topics ranging from ASEAN’s Regional Plans of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children (EVAW and EVAC, respectively) to countering trafficking in persons with a particular focus on victim assistance. The 2019 Partners’ Conference not only provides a platform to present an overview of ACWC’s and status of its programs under the 2016 – 2020 Work Plan, but also provides an opportunity for partners to interact on topics of shared interest and to identify possible areas of collaboration and coordination. A gala dinner and cultural show sponsored by Thailand’s Institute of Justice will conclude day one’s program.