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Rio+20 Campaign: Assert women’s rights to resources and development


APWLD is helping lead the way as part of the WMG, a network of over 50 women’s organisations worldwide, and is adding the voices of Asia Pacific women into the Rio+20 outcome document. Click here to learn more about who is the Women’s Major Group.

Women’s Major Group- Rio+20 Position Statement Summary

Social and gender equality and environmental justice must form the heart of sustainable development, and of the outcomes of the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference in 2012

Development will not be sustainable without fulfilling the human rights of marginalised women, including resources and development.012. Twenty years after the first Rio conference, great social and economic inequities still remain, especially for rural and indigenous women.


Reaffirm/ build awareness of the women’s equality and women’s right to resources as essential for sustainable development and poverty eradication by governments, intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs).


  • The Outcome Document of Rio+20 will reaffirm the political commitment to the principle of “common but differentiated responsibility”, gender equality, fulfillment of human rights and women as key players for sustainable development and poverty eradication
  • The Outcome Document of Rio+20 will recognise women’s access to and control over resources as important component for sustainable development and poverty eradication
  • Recognise at a policy level the practices of rural and indigenous women and their communities for sustainable development
  • Increase and strengthen the participation and assertion of marginalised women in policy advocacy
  • Identify policy recommendations at the national level based on the priorities of marginalised women, and advocate for by civil society, including:


  • Open access for rural and indigenous women and their communities to innovative and viable adaptive measures to climate change (Philippines);
  • Strengthen advocacy by marginalised women for allocation of funds and technical assistance to support and promote such practices/ innovations (Philippines);
  • Increase awareness on ending domestic violence against women at all levels and address women’s rights to resources to reduce their vulnerability and increase their resilience (Viet Nam);
  • Improve access to quality health and medical services for marginalised women (Viet Nam)

Expected outcome

  • Strengthened networks and analysis by women’s groups and CSOs at national, regional and international levels to develop strategies and mechanisms to further engage with the monitoring of and advocacy for policy commitments made by member states
  • Processes and results of the campaign for women’s right to resources will add to APWLD’s continued work for a just development model, policy and monitoring mechanisms

What is the future you want?

WATCH VIDEOS of our members here to learn how they see a sustainable future.

“Without women, we won’t be able to make our lives sustainable.” – Nurgul Djanaeva (Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan)

“We want women, especially rural women, to have access and control of their lands.”- Teresita O. Vistro (National Federation of Peasant Women)

“The future I want is a more equitable planet.”- Kate Lappin (Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development)




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