Side Events at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review

27 Nov 2019 to 29 Nov 2019
ฺBangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

Side Events Highlights

Gender equality and online violence against women: experiences from South Korea and Asia

28 November; 12:30-1:30, CR3, UNCC

This side-event is co-organised by UN Women, the Korean Women’s Development Institute and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea. The side event will explore how the global agenda for women’s rights, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, have been implemented in Asia, with a particular focus on the experience of South Korea. The event will highlight the prevailing issues and future challenges within the Beijing +25 framework in thematic areas such as gender-mainstreaming, women’s health and gender-based violence. This side-event will enable discussion of the role and risks related to technology and women’s rights, highlight good practices and multi-stakeholder approaches required to address online violence against women and girls. It will provide an opportunity to leverage evidence on this new form of violence, the role of technology in promoting and hindering women’s rights and discuss promising practices. The event will include time for Q&A.
(Organizers: Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI); Un Women; Republic of Korea)

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Identifying good practices on Women, Peace and Security across ASEAN

28 November; 12:30-1:30, Public Foyer, UNCC

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which established a powerful normative framework to ensure women’s needs, voices and perspectives to prevent, resolve and recover from conflict and build sustainable peace. The side event will provide a platform for ASEAN and experts in the region to identify priorities and key interventions to overcome challenges for implementation in all or some of the six gap areas identified in implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the diverse context of ASEAN.
(Organizers: ASEAN Secretariat, Co-organizer: UN Women)

Female headed households: a path way to inclusion

28 November; 12:30-1:30, MR A, UNCC

This side event will share Iranian experiences and actions on the empowerment of female headed households. The event will shed lights on factors for empowering female headed households and the potentials for women empowerment.
(Organizers: The Islamic Republic of Iran)

From Cairo to Beijing: Accelerating Implementation of ICPD and the Beijing Platform for Action 2019

28 November; 12:30-1:30, Theatre, UNCC

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and the 30-year anniversary of CEDAW. This side event explores the interlinkages between the ICPD and the Beijing Platform for Action. It will have a specific focus on areas such as poverty eradication, social protection and social services; and freedom from violence, stigma and stereotypes. It will present recent data and analysis on key SRHR and gender equality achievements in the region.
(Organizers: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO), Co-organizer(s): Philippine Commission on Women, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), South Asia Regional Office)

Why IT* Matters? Gender Digital Divides in Asia-Pacific

28 November; 12:30-1:30, MR H, UNCC

The side event will bring together experts and thought leaders who will provide evidence-based analysis and incisive commentaries on the state of gender digital equality in the Asia-Pacific. High-level representatives from the government, civil society, academia, and the private sector will be speaking in the event. Speakers will discuss issues around the state of gender equality in ICT access, skills, and leadership; barriers that prevent women and girls from accessing and meaningfully participating in the digital society; and ways forward to address gender digital divides.
(Organizers: United Nations University Institute in Macau; Co-organizer(s): ESCAP, Macau Foundation, the international Telecommunication Union, United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society)

Borderless Youth Forum Showcase: Innovation & Gender Justice

28 November; 17:00-18:00, MR A, UNCC

The side event will showcase the outcomes and learnings from the two TIJ-UNODC Borderless Youth Forums held in 2019. The key messages will be particularly focused on the perspectives of youth, and how to address gender-based violence, e.g. through empowering young generations to orbit out of their norms to ensure gender equality for generations to come.
(Organizers: Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ); Co-organizers: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific)

Champions for Climate Change: Women fighting for climate action

28 November; 17:00-19:30, Theatre, UNCC
How are women and girls in Asia-Pacific leading climate action? This interactive ted-talk style event aims to bring together women leaders, activists, innovators and champions across sectors to build awareness of experiences and tangible examples of driving institutional and community change in building gender-responsive climate resilience. The event will aim to capture intersectional voices of women and girls harnessing policy, community and civic action, technology, innovation, in the face of great socio-economic resistance, to raise their voices for climate action.
(Organizers: UN Environment and the ACT Alliance; Co-organizer: UN Women Asia-Pacific)


Generation Equality Forum: Towards a Global Pact for Gender Equality

28 November; 17:00-18:00, MR H, UNCC
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference, it is clear that no country has achieved full gender equality. The event will be an opportunity to take stock of progress and celebrate activists, feminist solidarity and young leadership, while generating renewed momentum for real change. This event is part of preparations for the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the participation of civil society.
(Organizers: France; Co-organizer: UN Women)

Transforming the future of work for gender equality

29 November; 12:30-1:30, CR 3, UNCC

This side event will bring together a broad range of actors across South and Southeast Asia to discuss critical aspects to generate a conducive environment for gender equality for the future of work that enables women to take up quality jobs, emerging opportunities, and leadership roles. The event will facilitate knowledge sharing and highlighting promising practices from the country and multi-country efforts on shared responsibilities to address key gender gaps in the world of work.
(Organizers: UNDP and the Contact Base; Co-organizer: ILO)

Building Feminist Movement, Achieving Beijing Accountability: Feminist Participatory Action Research

29 November; 12:30-1:30, MR H, UNCC

The side event aims to promote and institutionalise Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) in the context of the key recommendations of the Beijing Platform for Action, as a practice among women and as a recognised process by governments for measuring and monitoring the progress and impact of initiatives on gender equality and empowerment.
(Organizers: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Co-organizer: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW))

Girls Count: Girls’ Rights and Gender Data in Asia-Pacific

29 November; 12:30-1:30, Theatre, UNCC

The side event will discuss gender data as an essential step toward advancing girls’ rights and gender equality. The discussions will focus on showcasing emerging good practice in assessing the impact of gender inequality including how quantitative data can be used to effectively assess gender-based disparities and inequalities in the health, wellbeing and development of girls particularly; new approaches to prioritizing gender-sensitive indicators in routine reporting; and how improved data collection and research can enable a better understanding of gender inequality and its impact on the realization of girls’ rights.
(Organizers: UNICEF and The Plan International, Co-organizers: UNFPA UN)

Unlocking Opportunities for Empowerment through Gender-Sensitive Infrastructure

29 November; 12:30-1:30, MR A, UNCC

The side event will consist of a panel discussion with the participation of member State representatives, CSOs and academics. The panel will put forward innovative ideas on gender mainstreamed infrastructure design with best practices from around Asia. It will also explore synergies between the Beijing Platform for Action and the SDGs as relates to infrastructure and its potential to unlock opportunities for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
(Organizers: UNOPS; Co-organizer: UN Women)

25 years after Beijing: promising practices and successful measures in enhancing safe migration for women workers in ASEAN

29 November; 12:30-1:30, Public Foyer, UNCC

The side event will provide an opportunity to discuss promising practices and successful measures in enhancing safe migration for women in and from the ASEAN region. The side event will bring out voices of women migrant workers’ expectations and experiences related to migration, both positive experiences of empowerment, as well as negative experiences of violence, abuse and exploitation.
(Organizers: ILO and Un Women; Co-organizers: Delegation of the European Union to Thailand)