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ASEAN group convenes for Covid recovery policy for women, children

Laura Hwang, chair of the Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and Singapore’s ACWC representative, said: ‘Our women and children play indispensable roles in responding to and building back better from the pandemic’

Pauline Songco

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he 21st meeting of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), held online on 8 December, convened representatives from 10 member countries.

Laura Hwang, ACWC chair and Singapore’s ACWC representative, said: “Our women and children play indispensable roles in responding to and building back better from the pandemic.

We need to continue to ensure that our policies, including the implementation of the ASEAN Recovery Framework for Covid-19, prioritize the well-being of women and children.”

ACWC’s efforts were highlighted on the Midterm Review of the Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Regional Plan of Action for Protection of Children from All Forms of Online Exploitation and Abuse, as well as the Regional Plan of Action on Implementing the ASEAN Declaration on the Rights of Children in the Context of Migration.

Other conferences led by ACWC are the 6th ASEAN Children Forum and Online Meeting of Bullying Children at Schools and Online in ASEAN.

The ACWC also supports the implementation of the Bohol Trafficking-in-Persons Work Plan 2017-2020; Women Peace and Security Agenda in ASEAN; ASEAN Plan of Action on Culture of Prevention; ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Complementarities Initiative; UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.

ACWC also deliberated on strategic actions and priorities for its Work Plan 2021-2025.

ACWC welcomed the continued support and cooperation of the UNHCR, UNICEF, Mission of Canada to ASEAN and the Australian Mission.—

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