In 22-24 April 2013, APWLD attended the Regional Implementation Meeting on theFollow Up of Rio+20, held in Bangkok and organised by UN-ESCAP and UNEP. The RIM was focus on these theme issues: (1) Institutional Framework on Sustainable Development, (2) SDGs and Post 2015 Development Agenda, (3) Means of Implementation and (4) Follow Up of Rio+20.
Wardarina – APWLD Program Officer of Breaking Out of Marginalisation – delivered the intervention on the session of SDGs and Post 2015 Development Agenda:
Thank you Chair, my name is Wardarina from Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD). We are a regional women network with 180 members in 25 countries in Asia-Pacific who work with rural, indigenous, migrant women. I’m speaking on behalf of women major group.
Policy making and global architecture over the past 3 decades has led to wealth, power and resources accruing to tiny minority of the world richest and most powerful people and corporations. We heard many states now talking about prioritizing inequalities. However, we need to be clear what that means. SDGs and Post 2015 should prioritise in addressing the inequalities of wealth, resources, power and voice between countries, between rich and poor, and between men and women.
This means we need a NEW redistributive model that address the root structural causes of inequalities, we must have NEW accountabilities framework for states committing to specific actions, not just symptomatic targets, and we need a NEW development framework and goals, not just MDGs plus a few new indicators.
We recommended 4 Key Priorities of SDGs and Post 2015 Development Framework:
First, control over resources and sustainable livelihoods – SDGs and Post 2015 Development Framework must ensure men and women have access to and control over productive resources, land, food and nutritions, finance, appropriate and affordable technologies, sustainable energies, information, education and health care. We need a global structure that allows big percentage of arable land controlled and accessed by small land owner and farmers, and the laws and policies that guarantee equal rights for women to land and resources
Second, Decent Work and Living Wage – A development framework that aims to to ensure workers, families and communities can live in dignity must be incorporate a target that realistically values labour and sets target to improve living and working conditions. The new development framework need to acknowledge and value reproductive work, transformed macro economic policies would not aim to increase women´s ´productivity‘ without recognising the enormous productive contributions women already make. Recognising the value of reproductive work would also result in the recognition of domestic work as work.
Peace and Security based on Justice – Government has to meet their obligation to exercise due diligence to eliminate all forms of violence against women and provide reparations for women survivors. We should have a fully funded, national plans of action to eliminate VAW in all forms, measure of women’s access to justice including service and reparations for women survivors and their families, comparison of military budget to expenditure on health and other social services.
Democratic Participation and Voice of the Most Marginalised – Good governance starts at home with women able to make decisions over their own bodies, sexuality and lives. For that, we must at a minimum guarantee that women can fully exercise their sexual, health and reproductive rights, Laws and policies that discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity must be repealed. the vital role of women’s movements must be recognized. Resources must be directed to feminist movement and leadership building and advocacy to ensure equality, human rights, democratic governance, and transformative change and development for all.