APWLD Constitution and by-laws

PREAMBLE

RECOGNISING that women have been historically oppressed through economic, political, cultural and religious systems, practices and traditions, which have shaped and sustained patriarchal values and structures;

RECOGNISING further that women have been notably excluded from development, both as contributors and beneficiaries and their status in societies has continually reduced their opportunities in employment, education, training, health and public life. Women’s worth as individuals and as members of the family and society has not been given full recognition;

BELIEVING that the struggle for women’s rights is integral to the struggle for human rights of all marginalised peoples and central to the breaking down of all systems of domination;

AFFIRMING that feminist and women’s movements are drivers of genuine and lasting social transformation and justice and are enriched by their diverse social, economic, political and cultural struggles and experiences;

REALISING that the concept of law is not limited to legislation but includes the legal system and customary and religious practices, which do not always dispense justice;

EMPHASISING that law can only become an agent of change where it is instrumental in providing social and economic justice, in consonance with the internationally accepted standards of human rights;

WE, WOMEN FROM THE ASIA PACIFIC, COMMIT OURSELVES TO PROMOTE WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS AND USE LAW AS AN INSTRUMENT OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION FOR EQUALITY, JUSTICE, PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT AND FOR THIS PURPOSE ESTABLISH THE ASIA PACIFIC FORUM ON WOMEN, LAW AND DEVELOPMENT

Download the Constitution (amended 2015)