Raise the Bar! Women’s Rights in the ASEAN Now!
Philwomen on ASEAN, a national network of women’s organizations, invites you to join its mobilization on November 9 (Friday). Philwomen will call on the DFA Secretary and PNoy to take a pro-women stance in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Afterwards, the group will troop to the ASEAN chair Cambodian’s embassy to call for the same.
Program (8:00 AM- 11:00 AM):
* Meet in front of Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City
* March from Cuneta Astrodome to Department of Foreign Affairs Office
* Opening remarks
* Messages on various issues:
access to justice
sexual orientation and gender identity
violence against women
sexual and reproductive health and rights
*Reading of the Philwomen statement
*Symbolic handing of Philwomen’s Position to a DFA representative
* Motorcade to Embassy of Cambodia
* Reading of Philwomen statement at the Embassy of Cambodia
* Handing of letter and Philwomen’s Position to the Embassy of Cambodia representative
* Please wear a black shirt.
* No individual group flags or banners. Philwomen will represent all participating groups as a single entity.
November 18-20 will be a momentous event for all citizens of the ASEAN member countries. On these dates, the ASEAN will adopt the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). The Declaration will serve as the standard of human rights promotion and protection in the Southeast Asian region.
Much to Philwomen’s dismay, the current draft of the AHRD excludes the rights of women, lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and other marginalized groups. Certain principles in the draft also contain articles that are detrimental to the enjoyment of women’s rights like “national and regional particularities” and “public morality” which lowers the bar for human rights in the region. Similarly, the process by which the AHRD has been drafted lacks transparency and accountability.
This Friday’s mobilization is part of Philwomen’s continuing efforts to demand for non-discrimination, access to justice, women’s rights, and cooperation mechanisms for human rights in the ASEAN.
Philwomen on ASEAN is a network of women’s rights advocates and organizations in the Philippines that critically engage and promote women’s rights in ASEAN.
Philwomen is composed of almost 80 organizations working on various issues and representing different sectors from rural and urban poor women, women workers, migrants, lesbians, bisexual and trans women (LBT), women with disabilities, women in education, young women, among others, formed in 2010.
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