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The 20th anniversary of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda is a critical moment for the agenda and its relevance, which has been tested by the extensive impacts of COVID-19. This publication takes stock of the progress as well as the gaps in implementing WPS in the Asia Pacific region over the last 20 years, and builds upon the lessons learned to move the WPS agenda forward in the years to come.
Practical, cultural and political roadblocks: A way forward for addressing the needs of conflict-related sexual violence victims/survivors and their children
Sexual violence is a widespread characteristic of conflict and post-conflict environments globally and within Asia-Pacific. Recognition of sexual and gender based violence in conflict has grown in recent years with national governments, civil society, the United Nations, practitioners and academics increasingly acting to prevent and respond to it. However, the immediate and mid-term needs of victims/survivors have often come secondary to advocacy efforts and pursuing...
Furthering comprehensive approaches to victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence: An analysis of National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security in Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and Timor-Leste
There is growing acknowledgment of the need to address the social, security, legal, health and economic impacts that multiply and sustain the repercussions of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) in the lives of women and girls globally. Less recognition has been given to the needs of the children of victims/survivors of CRSV, including those born of rape. An intricate set of rights impediments and needs arise for both victims/survivors and their children that require urgent attention and...
Report on the Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar in Preparation for the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women The “Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar in preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women: Transformative financing for the achievement of gender equality by 2030” (forthwith “Regional Seminar”), was held on 18 and 19 February 2016 in Bangkok. It was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia...