Meeting of the ACWC-ACW Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Development of ASEAN Gender Mainstreaming Strategies
ASEAN Secretariat – Jakarta, Indonesia
May 28th, 2019. The United States Government through the ASEAN-USAID Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT) project continues its commitment to uphold the rights of women in ASEAN. Working closely with the ASEAN Secretariat, PROSPECT provided support to the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) to hold its 2nd Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Development of an ASEAN Strategy on Gender Mainstreaming to help the two bodies come to consensus on plans for data collection at the sectoral and national levels to inform the development of a strategy.
Today’s meeting provided a forum for the Ad-Hoc Working Group to share, review, and clarify roles and responsibilities as well as to formulate a plan for next steps. Through PROSPECT support, the ACW and ACWC will conduct regional and national-level data gathering to jointly contribute to the development of a comprehensive strategy, which will include monitoring and reporting as well as a knowledge management platform for ASEAN. During the meeting, participants also agreed on the basic structure and key elements of the ASEAN Gender Mainstreaming Strategy. Deputy Secretary General of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Kung Phoak, opened the meeting reinforcing the importance of developing a comprehensive strategy across all three communities of ASEAN. The strategy will ideally be finalized in time to be incorporated into the work plans of ASEAN Sectoral Bodies 2021-2025 as well as the work of the ASEAN Secretariat across all three communities.