ASEAN insists on women’s role in peacekeeping


An article from Courrier de Vietnam

ASEAN Secretary General Dato Lim Jock Hoi highlighted the important role of women in interreligious dialogues and the maintenance of regional peace and security at the ASEAN Women’s Interfaith Dialogue in Jakarta. Indonesia.

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Do women have a special role to play in the peace movement?

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This two-day event, which opened on November 12, is organized by the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, in coordination with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Asian Foundation.

According to the ASEAN Secretary-General, women play an indispensable role in peacekeeping and post-conflict recovery. Women’s organizations, especially those with strong grassroots networks, help detect early warning signs of potential conflict and prevent escalation of conflict. He recalled that ASEAN had adopted a joint declaration on the advancement of women, peace and security in ASEAN in 2017 and launched the ASEAN Women’s Peace Forum (AWPR) in 2018. .

The ASEAN Women’s Interreligious Dialogue brings together expert women and academics from the 10 ASEAN member countries and Australia. They will participate in seven debates on women’s empowerment, improving women’s participation and integration, their role in community initiatives for a harmonious society and the role of regional networks in promoting a culture of peace.