DPI/AP Reports 2011

Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on "Women's Right to Development" With UN Special Procedure Mandate Holders

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The consultation was attended by 51 women/human rights defenders across the Asia Pacific region, including APWLD members, regional and international NGOโ€™s and UN agencies.

Despite many international agreements and inclusion of many programmes for womenโ€™s development over the past three and a half decades, women are still much likely to be poor and marginalized. They usually have less access than men to medical care, property ownership, training and employment. Despite the fact that women in many of our countries have held highest political post, they are still far likely than men to be politically active as womenโ€™s voice and far more likely to be victims of domestic violence. Understanding womenโ€™s right to development implies gender equality, a situation or society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of life. Equality between women and men exist when both sexes are able to share equally in the distribution of power and influence, have equal opportunities for financial independence, and enjoy equal access to education and the opportunity and ability to develop agency and collective capabilities. A critical aspect of gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances, giving women more autonomy to manage their own lives.

Please download full report from: http://www.dpiap.org/reports/doc/Report_APWLD_Consultation_Cambodia_11_11_09.doc

Author: Ms. Chona Sabo
Language: English
When: 9/11/2011

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