Hanoi (VNA) – The 17th Meeting of
the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and
Children (ACWC) took place in Hanoi on October 20, gathering representatives
from ten ASEAN nations and the ASEAN Secretariat.
It was the ACWC’s second meeting in the year, following
the 16th meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia in March. It was held by the
Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the ASEAN
Secretariat as part of the third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW) and
related meetings in Hanoi from October 18 – 25.
The meeting discussed the follow-up from the 16th meeting and reviewed the implementation of projects of the ACWC Work Plan 2016
A number of important projects have been completed, such
as the ASEAN Forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Singapore in August, the
2018 ASEAN Conference on Juvenile Justice Reform in Thailand in May, and the
release of the ASEAN Regional Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls
Data Collection and Use and the Regional Guidelines and Procedures to Address
the Needs of Victims of Trafficking in Persons.
The meeting also updated the implementation of the Regional
Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (RPA-EVAW),
including the outcomes of the Senor Officials Conference on Gender
Mainstreaming in the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Sectoral Bodies; and
the results of the 5th ASEAN Children’s Forum in Brunei in August.
It also recorded the results of the Regional Workshop on
Strengthening Legal Frameworks to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in
Travel and Tourism held by ACWC and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly
(AIPA) in Bali, Indonesia from July 26 – 27, particularly the drafting of the
ASEAN Declaration on protecting children from all forms of online sexual
exploitation and abuse and the Regional Guidelines and Procedures to Address
the Needs of Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children
which will be submitted for review at the 33rd ASEAN Summit in
Singapore this November.
At the session to update the status of ongoing projects
under the ACWC Work Plan 2016 – 2020, Vietnam presented information about the
project to promote inclusive and sustainable growth in building ASEAN Community
through recognition of legal status for all women and girls led by ACWC
During the event, an open meeting with the United Nations
Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) discussed
the progress of the implementation of joint projects between ASEAN and UN Women
and key areas of cooperation in 2019.
The 17th meeting agreed to develop a results
framework for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 and a results
framework and the monitoring and evaluation system of the ACWC Work Plan 2016 –
The 18th ACWC Meeting is scheduled to convene
in Jakarta, Indonesia in the first quarter of next year.
The ACWC was launched on April 7, 2010 in Hanoi on the occasion of 16th ASEAN Summit. It comprises 20 representatives of
ASEAN member states for women’s and children’s rights.
ACWC’s mandates and functions include the development
of policies, programmes, and innovative strategies to promote and protect the
rights of women and children to complement the building of the ASEAN Community.
It has organised different regional workshops, seminars, training sessions and
consultative meetings that provided platforms for government officials, civil
society organisations, professionals and other stakeholders to exchange views,
share experience and build commitments and a common understanding on various