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CSOs speak to States at the Asia Pacific Beijing+20 Review

Statement delivered by Eni Lestari Andayani Adi at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review
November 17, 2014

When I was born I shared hopes and dreams like many of you here. I wanted to study, to go to university, to contribute to our society, to achieve my full potential.

Two years after you signed off on the Beijing Declaration Indonesia and many of our countries faced the Asian Financial Crisis. International financial institutions forced neo-liberal policies and our governments complied. As a result my family, like so many, lost our land, our small business, our means of survival. I could no longer go to school, dream, I had to survive. I became a migrant domestic worker. My story there is like so many – forced into debt to migrate, controlled by migration agencies, forced to live with employers, unpaid wages, abuse. Yet I survived and worked with others to collectively demand domestic work be recognized as work and that we reverse the conditions that force us to migrate.

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"Our voices need to be heard loudly."

Women's recommendations should be turned into government action

apcsob2020141116bThe Beijing+20 CSO Forum bringing together over 400 feminist women activists working on women's rights in the Asia and Pacific region ended today. The Forum concluded with an outcome document adopted by consensus containing recommendations to the governments that will meet November 17-20 in the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review.

Women highlighted the need for governments to provide information and to guarantee consultation processes with women's organizations as means for accountability. They reiterated that States should guarantee the participation of women in political spaces, particularly of those women traditionally marginalized. Women also expressed the importance of engaging with regional mechanisms to advance women's human rights in the region.

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All women were seen; all women were heard

A small attempt to summarize today's discussions

BeijingPlus20Day2The Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20 held eighteen simultaneous workshops today touching upon issues that affect women's human rights and their empowerment in the region. The discussions in the workshops will forge the recommendations that civil society will give to governments in the upcoming inter-governmental meeting—UN ESCAP Asia and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 review—that will be held on November 17-20 in Bangkok.

Cross-cutting issues, such as race, class, ability, age, HIV status, and sexual orientation and gender identity were touched upon in most of the workshops. People belonging to marginalized communities also had their own space to provide recommendations.

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“Look at the world from women’s eyes”

Women pave the way beyond Beijing+20

Beijing-plus-20-141114The Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20 began today. Over 400 women promptly sat in the United Nations conference room waiting for the forum to start with the welcoming remarks.

"We are here to share our struggle, strengthen our spirit, and reaffirm our commitment to women's rights," said Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, on behalf of Thai women's organizations. Prasertcharoensuk continued to explain that the CSO Forum is also the place where women will be able to make a strong and collective statement on their visions and expectations of States in their investment on women's rights in the upcoming years. "Voices need to be heard loudly," echoed Kate Lappin, co-coordinator of the CSO Steering Committee.

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What did States say and what did they miss?

A summary of the regional review of progress implementing BPfA

The Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20, supported by UN Women, begins tomorrow November 14, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Women activists from across the Asia and Pacific region will discuss what their governments have done or not to achieve gender equality and women and girls empowerment in the past 20 years after the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA).

States reported the progress and remaining challenges on the 12 critical areas of concern to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)—the entity charged with monitoring the implementation of the BPfA across the Asia and Pacific region. According to UNESCAP, Cambodia, Indonesia, North Korea, Lao, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam did not take part in the review process. They did not answer the Regional Survey nor did they present a National Review Report. Eighteen countries responded to both the survey and presented a report and 16 others did one or the other. Click here to see which countries responded to UNESCAP's Regional Survey and/or presented a National Review Report.

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