Inspiring Stories from the Women Who Lived Them


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Dinner Dialogue

Date: Wednesday 27 January 2016Time: 19.00 – 21.00 hrs.

Media Contacts:

Montira Narkvichien
Ph: +6681 6688900;
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Pimvadee Keaokiriya
Ph: +6689 6949851;
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The right of access to justice for women is essential to the realization of all the rights protected under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It is a fundamental element of the rule of law and good governance, together with the independence, impartiality, integrity and credibility of the judiciary, the fight against impunity and corruption, and the equal participation of women in the judiciary and other law implementation mechanisms. The right to access to justice is multidimensional. It encompasses justiciability, availability, accessibility, good-quality and accountability of justice systems, and provision of remedies for victims (Article 1, CEDAW General Recommendation 33). Despite ratification of human rights treaties, the reality for far too many women is that justice remains out of reach. Even when gender-responsive laws exist, women continue to be denied justice because of deficits in the implementation of laws, lack of adequate monitoring mechanisms, impunity, lack of legal awareness among women, economic barriers. Women, the poor, minorities, indigenous groups and other groups that are more disadvantaged, marginalized in communities, face these barriers more than others.

This event brings together women from diverse communities of Southeast Asia, to speak about their experiences and share stories of courage and struggle. The dialogue will be a narrative of stories of women’s empowerment, in fighting for their own rights and that of those around them. Women from communities in Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste will speak to a range of issues including, peace and security; gender based violence; political participation; property and land ownership – all in relation to access to justice for women.

Pyone Pyone Aye, Political Activist; Mi Kun Chan Non, Member of Alliance for Gender Inclusive Peace Process; Elsie Mokudef, Teduray Lambangian Indigenous Group; Rasamee Thawsirichuchai, Ethnic Hmong Network; Marcelina Amaral, Legal Aid Officer of Violence cases will bring to light the struggles and stories of lived courage, to speak and echo the voices of their communities, and more importantly, to break the chain of silence.


27 January 2016, 19:00 – 21:00 hrs,
Dusit Thani Hotel, The Cellar


Join LIVE conversation on access to justice on Twitter using the hashtags #A2J and #breakingsilence via @UNWomenAsia

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