Improving Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia


Jakarta, Indonesia - UN Women Indonesia, in partnership with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, and Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence Against Women convened a National Workshop with the National Human Rights Mechanisms on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Women’s Human Rights on 4-5 August, 2015.

Photo: UN Women/Lily Puspasari

The Workshop aimed to reduce discrimination against women by strengthening the capacity of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to advocate for reforms that are compliant with international human rights norms and standards as well as to enhance these institutions’ capacity to monitor the implementation of CEDAW as the key framework to secure the full realization of women’s rights and substantive equality for women.

The event was organised as part of UN Women’s Regional Programme on “Improving Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia” from 2011-2016. The programme, funded by the Government of Canada, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), covers eight countries; Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. One of the key focus areas of the programme is strengthening the capacity of National Human Rights Institution (NHRIs) towards better monitoring of CEDAW in the country.