Governments in Asia and the Pacific must continue their efforts to promote and ensure equal participation and representation of women in decision-making in the region.
Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, “Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, and the flagship Generation Equality campaign, the theme for International Women’s Day 2019 “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” aims to highlight and recognise the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On this important occasion, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Women will officially launch their joint regional report, The Long Road to Equality: Taking stock of the situation of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific for Beijing+25: A synthesis report, a reflection on the situation of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific. This report shows that, even if the levels of women’s representation in Asia and the Pacific have increased over the years in the private and public sectors, uneven progress, both within countries and regionally, indicates that achieving gender equality in decision-making is still a distant goal in Asia and the Pacific.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of IWD 2021 focused on highlighting the ways in which women leaders were able to bring to bear their different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies and laws, to ensure that they work better for all. The aim will be to provide a virtual platform for women leaders from government, the UN system, the women’s and youth movements to share their experiences and lessons learnt in the context of COVID-19, and to discuss ways in which such efforts can be built upon.
The observance of the day were organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP (ESCAP) and UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP).
Participants in the event included representatives of the Governments, the diplomatic community, UN system, other international organizations, as well as civil society organizations (CSOs), academia and youth groups.
Watch record of the event here.
Watch the VDO of "The Long Road to Equality: Taking stock of the situation of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific for Beijing+25: A synthesis report" here.
The report can be found here.