no rcep wp

 10 – 16 October 2016

The RCEP is expected to impact on the lives of 3.5 billion people living in the region. It has been negotiated in secret, so while certain corporate and business groups have been invited to the negotiations by government officials, ordinary people who will be most adversely impacted have had no say whatsoever.This trade agreement will severely curtail people’s rights and freedoms. It will give wealthy governments and large corporations the authority to reach across borders to impose constraints on a vast range of domestic non-trade policies. It will also cement corporate power and rights over national public interests law and the duty of governments to govern in the interests on their people. Land grabbing will increase, fueling further militarization and conflicts. Women will also be denied of their rights as traditional keeper of seeds and knowledge of their community.

Neo-liberal economic policies of competition, privatization, liberalization and deregulation have the most negative impact on the poor. Women comprise of 70% of the world’s poor. 

People’s movements are growing and rising. National and civil societies from across the region are coming together to rise and mobilize against RCEP. Join us as we call for an absolutely end to unfair trade agreement the RCEP, and for a framework that aims to reduce inequalities of wealth, power and resources between countries, between rich and poor, and between men and women.

Download APWLD’s Briefer on RCEP


Online Webinar: RCEP – Robbing Communities to Extract Profit
While theRCEP will be horrible for all, it will be even more horrendous on women. Learn more through the onlinewebinar about how theRCEP will impact on women and women’s rights in the region.Take Action Kit
We are also preparing a campaign kit that you can use for your actions on that week, which will be available soon on our website at
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