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Annual Report 2013
Resistance to the growth development model has been matched with growing militarisation. While political will and new democratic models are needed to address growing inequalities, religious and cultural fundamentalisms continue to drive political debates and public discourse, again with the direst consequences for women.
Yet in 2013, demands for a new approach strengthened with APWLD co-anchoring the call for development justice from civil society in Asia Pacific. We recognise women’s movements become more powerful when we collaborate with other social and people’s movements demanding human rights, justice, development and peace. We have established new alliances and networks to build pressure for structural change. We also learned that the most meaningful impact happens when we make a clear link between local issues lived by women to global policy making processes. For this, we made coordinated efforts to ensure the involvement of the most marginalised women from Asia Pacific (rural, indigenous and migrant women) to amplify their voices at global decision making processes. Download PDF
Strong women’s movements in the Asia Pacific region ensured that there were women’s inputs in key documents and processes. APWLD instigated a campaign against the limitation of rights in the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, focusing particularly on clauses on morality. Meanwhile, the report of the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and other international financial obligations of states, focused on the impact of debt on women’s rights, as a result of the regional consultation and subsequent submission by APWLD. We also held the first consultation with the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice and focused on women’s public and political life. At the Rio+20 process, we worked with grassroots members of rural, indigenous and migrant women to build our campaign for transformative and sustainable development goals. The campaign, launched in Rio and with preliminary work at CSW, was the first feminist campaign for specific goals and focuses on Land and Resources, Decent Work, Peace and Security at home and globally and Women’s Voice and Decision Making. The campaign became a cross-programme focus for the year and will frame our new Feminist Development Justice programme from 2013.
The Asia Pacific region experienced its own growth in social movements this year and women were at the heart of many. For APWLD, 2011 was a year of movement building and significant growth. During the year we saw the birthing of new movements, the maturation of some growing movements and the strengthening and innovation of some our established movements. Our programmes saw the outcomes of improving women’s human rights and contributing to the larger goal of building a stronger movement of women who are transforming their national, regional and international landscapes. Also, this year we strengthened our monitoring, evaluation and learning systems focusing on ways to measure our impact on movements on structural change. The framework recognises that collective work as a movement brings about sustainable change. Download PDF
Across Asia Pacific space, resources and security for women’s rights activism is perilously tenuous. In 2010 APWLD members experienced threats, harassment and prosecution because of their rights work and at the same time many feminist organisations struggled to secure funds to continue their rights based work. Despite this climate 2010 was a year of growth for APWLD. Our Secretariat grew, our programme work expanded as did our networks and membership. We increased participatory methods in our workshops which broadened our reach and increased engagement with grassroots women. We implemented a new structure designed to grow the opportunities for members to lead and engage with APWLD’s work. This growth ensured increased impact and output across our four programme areas. Download PDF
As APWLD approached nearly a quarter decade of work in Asia Pacific we took a close work at our strength as a regional network. It was obvious; our strength is in our membership – the organisations of grassroots women on the frontlines of the struggle for women’s human rights. In order to create a better network, we needed to support and fortify these frontlines. Similarly, we needed these strong voices to be represented in each of the levels of APWLD governance and action. 2009 has been a transformative year for APWLD. A restructuring of our governance and refocus of our programmes reflected the existing and emerging expertise of our membership. Renewal is never a sudden or simple process. It has however energized our work. The strength we gained early in 2009 is visible across our programme activities in themes of strengthened knowledge, strengthened voice, strengthened participation and a stronger institution at the centre of women’s human rights in Asia Pacific. Download PDF