The launch event called for ASEAN Member States to commit to effectively implement the ASEAN RPA on WPS. (Photo: medcom.id)
The launch event called for ASEAN Member States to commit to effectively implement the ASEAN RPA on WPS. (Photo: medcom.id)

ASEAN, Partners Launch Plan to Promote Women's Security in Southeast Asia

Wahyu Dwi Anggoro • 06 December 2022 10:59
Jakarta: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UN Women, has launched the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on Women, Peace and Security (ASEAN RPA on WPS).
 
The regional plan of action was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders during the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits in November 2022 as a key deliverable during the term of Cambodia as ASEAN Chair. 
 
It outlines ways to implement the four main pillars of the women, peace and security agenda – women’s protection, participation, prevention, and relief and recovery – along with implementation, coordination, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation. 

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It is meant to advance commitments to the women’s peace and security agenda and turn them into action.
 
"The development of the ASEAN RPA on WPS is a major step forward to fulfill ASEAN’s vision in achieving gender equality. Promoting women’s roles and participation across all realms of peace and security ranging from conflict prevention, peace building, preventing violent extremism and tackling emerging security risks such as disaster and pandemics in the region is imperative to reach our goal as inclusive and people-centered Community. ASEAN is committed to continue to forge ahead with advancing WPS agenda and the ASEAN RPA on WPS will guide our ways," Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs of Cambodia, in a media release on Monday.
 
The regional plan of action is a major step forward in ASEAN’s efforts to ensure that its ten Member States recognise and leverage women’s participation and leadership in preventing conflict and building and in maintaining peace in the region. 
 
Previous efforts include the Joint Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security in 2017; the launch of ASEAN Women for Peace Registry in 2018; and the ASEAN Regional Study on Women, Peace and Security in 2021. All three milestones were supported by USAID and UN Women.
 
The launch event called for ASEAN Member States to commit to effectively implement the ASEAN RPA on WPS. 
 
In addition, an ASEAN Women, Peace and Security website was launched to promote the agenda.
 
The ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) spearheaded the development of the ASEAN RPA on WPS with the support of the ASEAN  Women, Peace and Security Advisory Group led by Cambodia; the ASEAN-USAID Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT) project; and UN Women’s Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace project, funded by the Governments of Canada and the Republic of Korea.

 
(WAH)

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