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Asian Women’s Cooperation Network

Women and girls, everywhere in Asia, must have equal rights and opportunity, and be able to live free of violence and discrimination. Women’s equality and empowerment is one of the Sustainable Development Goals, but also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development. Gender equality which is highly considered by AMF, requires urgent action to eliminate the many root causes of discrimination that still curtail women’s rights in private and public spheres. Eliminating gender-based violence in Asian countries is a priority for AMF, given that this is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world today. While more women have entered political positions in recent years, including through the use of special quotas, they still hold less than a third of parliamentary seats, far short of parity. The situation is not much better in the private sector, where women globally occupy approximately a third of senior and middle management positions all around the Asia. AMF women committee acts to empower Asian women and girls across all its programs and advocacy. With stepped up action on gender equality, every part of Asia can make progress towards sustainable development by 2030, leaving no one behind.

AMF women committee’s priorities:

  • To promote the role of women in the Urban sector and their leadership roles in Urban Management
  • To promote the role of women in the ICT (Information and communications technology) sector and their leadership roles in the digital economy
  • To conclude the Work-Life Balance Directive in order to improve maternity leave rights and guarantee paternity leave so fathers get rights to spend time with their children and partners
  • Adopting coherent legislation to promote equal sharing of responsibilities between men and women. There is a need to implement measures in the informal care system and to acknowledge the invisible and low-paid work of women in these areas
  • Reinforcing non-legislative measures to promote innovative working-time arrangements in order to reconcile work and family life in the broader sense
  • Strategic public investment to provide more high-quality, affordable childcare
  • To consolidate and expand sexual health and reproductive rights for women and girls
  • To introduce fair taxation