PH hosts gender mainstreaming conference for ASEAN Economic cluster

PASAY CITY, Philippines – In its commitment to promote gender equality in the ASEAN, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), as the national focal point for the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW), is gathering about 150 delegates from various sectoral bodies of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and from the 10 Member States to learn more about gender mainstreaming strategies and how to ensure that women are both agents and beneficiaries of economic development.

The Senior Officials Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in the AEC Sectoral Bodies happening on December 10-12, 2018 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza aims to showcase good examples of integrating women and gender concerns in the economy. Invited delegates represent trade, finance, e-commerce, consumer protection, tourism, science and technology, agriculture, energy, information and communications technology, competition, transportation, among others.

Said conference will identify gender disparities in economic development and assess the impact of AEC’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

AEC delegates will be oriented on basic GAD concepts, gender mainstreaming processes and tools, and the use of gender statistics and sex-disaggregated data.

The Conference will also feature global and ASEAN initiatives on women and trade, the digital economy, and notable practices of mainstreaming gender in specific sectors such as agriculture and transportation. How the business coalitions support women in trade will also be discussed.

The AEC Conference is organized by the PCW in partnership with ASEAN-USAID IGNITE (Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade and E-Commerce) Project and the Australian Project Investing in Women (Philippines).

This is the second of a three-part series on gender mainstreaming across all three ASEAN pillars. The first one working with the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community was held last June and the last one with the ASEAN Political-Security Community will be held in 2019.

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