Asia-Pacific Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2016

28 Nov 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

Under the framework of the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women, ESCAP, UN Women and the UN Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women organized an Asia-Pacific commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 28 November 2016 in the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok. The focus of the campaign this year is to emphasize the need for sustainable financing for efforts to end violence against women and girls. In this regard, the regional commemoration included an interactive discussion on the importance of gender-responsive budgeting, the value of costing studies as well as examples of innovative measures from across the region in preventing and ending violence against women and girls. The panel was comprised of representatives from government, civil society and the private sector in order to highlight the need for participation from a range of stakeholders. Specifically, the panellists included:

  • Dr. Sutada Mekrungruengkul, Sub-Committee on Women's Affairs under the Standing Committee on Social Development, Children, Youth, Women, the Elderly, the Disabled and the Underprivileged Affairs, National Legislative Assembly of Thailand
  • Ms. Malaykanh Keomounty, Director, Administrative and Personnel Division, National Commission for the Advancement of Women Secretariat, Lao PDR
  • Ms. Jean Chong, Founder, Sayoni, member of ASEAN Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Caucus
  • Mr. Sangeet Gopal Kayastha, Coordinator and Focal Person, Y-PEER Asia-Pacific Centre
  • Mr. James Holden, Human Resources Director (Thailand, Myanmar and Lao PDR), Procter & Gamble

Furthermore, the discussion underscored the positive impact of investing in gender equality and ending violence against women beyond just Goal 5 on gender equality, but on the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a whole.

The regional commemoration was held as part of ESCAP's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Week from 28 November to 2 December 2016. Further details can be found here.