A step forward for women in ASEAN

James Kon

President of Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam (CWBD) Datin Hajah Siti Hajar binti Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof in her capacity as the President of ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisations (ACWO) attended the launch of ASEAN Regional Study on Women, Peace and Security online at Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam’s headquarters yesterday.

Vice President I Pengiran Datin Paduka Hajah Mariam binti Pengiran Haji Matarsat, Vice President II Datin Hajah Masni binti Haji Mohd Ali, Vice President III Hajah Kertini binti Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Diraja Abang Haji Abu Hanifah, Secretary General Hajah Arbaeyah binti OKSW Haji Abdullah and 13 representatives of associations under the umbrella of CWBD were present.

According to the United Nations (UN) Women’s website, the study’s launch coincided with International Women’s Day (IWD). The study presents evidence-based recommendations to support ASEAN member states in enhancing women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, resolution, and post-conflict processes, in line with regional and international commitments. The launch is a collaboration between ASEAN, the United States (US) through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and UN Women.

ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi said, “To commemorate IWD, we are pleased to share this first regional study on Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN to reaffirm our commitment to gender equality, women’s leadership, and its integration into the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework and the ASEAN Vision Post 2025. This study establishes a solid evidence base to guide our efforts in advancing the Joint Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN in the years ahead.”

He also announced that the Regional Plan of Action on Advancing Women, Peace and Security is being planned for 2021-2022.

Participants listen to a speech by ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR