Regional Mechanisms to Protect the Human Rights of Women and Girls in Southeast Asia

About the Project

The “Regional Mechanisms to Protect the Human Rights of Women and Girls in Southeast Asia” project, generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), focused on the implementation of the rights enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) in South East Asia through the newly formed ASEAN regional human rights bodies and mechanisms . The project focused on development and strengthening of norms and standards through capacity development, generating evidence base for change in perception, attitude, knowledge and competencies and supporting the ASEAN bodies in the implementation of their mandates. Download the Project Brief (pdf).

Statements, recommendations, press statements, to ASEAN produced by ACWC at regional and national level that address women’s and girl’s human rights including
  • 1 Declaration on EVAW,
  • 1 Framework for research on the progress of women in ASEAN by ACWC

Highlighting women’s human rights in ASEAN, especially critical issue of violence against women and girls. The Declaration and the framework of research are quite comprehensive.

Key Achievements

Through technical assistance and toward institutionalization of consultation mechanisms, UN Women has supported the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) Representatives in building a deeper understanding on areas of women’s human rights and supported development of institutional mechanisms of engagement between AICHR, ACWC and other stakeholders. UN Women has built the capacity of AICHR and ACWC to adopt programmes and encourage dialogue that effectively promote and protect human rights of women and girls and has enhanced capacity of national and regional women’s groups and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to engage with AICHR and ACWC and advocate with them on the women’s human rights issues that need to be addressed at the regional level. The South East Asia Women’s Caucus on ASEAN, co-coordinated by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP), were the main partners for capacity development and coordination of advocacy by women’s human rights groups.

UN Women has also provided technical advice upon request to AICHR and ACWC, ASEAN Secretariat representatives contributing to inclusion of women’s human rights in thematic topics of AICHR’s work, in prioritizing the needs of women in Southeast Asia in the work plan development of ACWC and AICHR; and ensuring cross sectoral synergies.


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