Asian Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development APWLD

Linked with Lynnsay Rongokea Francis – Cook Islands, and with Heisoo Shin – South Korea.

APWLD is a network of organisations from all over the Asia-Pacific region. The membership body, composed of individuals and national organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, is represented in the Regional Council (ReC). The Programme and Management Committee supervises and monitors the Secretariat. The Secretariat operates to plan and coordinate the activities of the organisation.

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APWLD was also at the UN HRC Geneva.

June 20, 2006: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development has announced that it has a new regional coordinator, Lynnsay Rongokea Francis, starting 1 July 2006. She takes the place of Titi Soentoro. Prior to her appointment as Regional Coordinator, Ms. Francis was involved with advocacy and lobbying for political reform in the Cook Islands and formed the Group for Political Change (GPC) in 2002. She has also has been a member of APWLD Steering Committee from 2000-2003.

APWLD developed from dialogues among Asia Pacific women lawyers, social scientists and activists, which began at the 1985 Third World Forum on Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The women participating in the dialogues recognised that while law is used as an instrument of state control over resources, rights and even women’s bodies, it can also be used to help effect political and socio-economic changes in our societies. Participants in these dialogues recognised that gaining the capacity to mobilise populations to understand the social, economic and political dimensions of women’s oppression and take collective action for change required a clear focus and strong organisation. In December 1986, women-delegates from across Asia met in Tagaytay, Philippines to discuss the most pressing socio-legal issues facing women and to explore possible areas of collaborative action. The outcome of this meeting was the formation of APWLD, the first regional response to the challenges of Nairobi. (full text).

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