Turning Laws into Action: Eliminating Gender-based Violence in Asia-Pacific
The Third Asia Pacific Summit on Gender-based Violence
16-18 June 2021 I Hong Kong I Live on Zoom
The year 2020 marks the 25 years of anniversary of Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the landmark agreement Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as well as the 5-year milestone for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For the region, in November 2019, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Ministerial Conference reviewed the progress and challenges in the region, and listed elimination of violence against women and girls as the first priority area of action for the coming five years to accelerate the implementation of Beijing+25. It is an opportunity for women’s organizations and activists to collaborate and require their government to fulfill commitment on actions towards gender equality and protection of women’s human rights.
The issue of Gender-based Violence (GBV) is now positioned as a priority on global human rights, health and development agendas. If look into the progress made worldwide, three regions including Inter-America, Africa and Europe Union has adopted treaties to address the state responsibility on GBV: Belém do Pará Convention (officially, the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women, adopted 1994), Africa’s Maputo Protocol (the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, adopted July 2003) , and Europe’s Istanbul Convention (the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, adopted March 2016) which is considered to be the most comprehensive in scope. Compared with other regions, there is not yet a regional treaty on GBV in Asia-pacific, it was relatively slow on the progress, and lacks a regional strategy to stress the issue, and there is no strong network to monitor the states responsibilities in the region.
In this regard, to organize a regional conference is urgent and necessary to seize the opportunity to combat GBV. Asia-Pacific Summit on Gender-based Violence was initiated by Taiwan Coalition Against Violence (TCAV). TCAV organized the first and second forum respectively in 2016 and 2018. The two previous forums were mainly focus on the best practices of Taiwan.
This year, Equality Rights project from Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, together with TCAV and Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (ACSVAW) will host the third Summit in June and expand it to involve more participates in Asia and the pacific region, thus build a broader and stronger network for action. Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the summit will be delivered virtually.
Equality Rights Project affiliated to Knowledge Exchange Initiative in Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong.
Established in 2015, Equality Rights Project collaborates with lawyers, NGOs and other centres to promote legal education, legal empowerment and legal research with the goal of advancing social inclusion and equality.
Taiwan Coalition Against Violence (TCAV) is an alliance of 39 NGOs and 35 experts working on the diverse issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, child protection, victim protection, and more. The coalition consolidates the efforts of all affiliated NGOs for advocacy on a wide range of topics and the construction of a comprehensive legal structure and guidelines. In addition to playing a strong role in developing protection services for women and children and coordinating between public and private networks, the coalition created an action plan to implement CEDAW and eradicate GBV, thereby enabling Taiwan to keep pace with international standards.
Established on 8 March 1997, Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (ACSVAW) is a non-government charitable organisation that works to raise awareness of sexual violence against women and promotes a gender equal environment.
ACSVAW advocates for both the government and the community to provide adequate support to victims, to defend their rights and restore their lives with confidence and dignity.