In time forThe Responsibility to Protect at 10: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Conference(26-27 February, Phnom Penh, Cambodia), theReport and Recommendationsof the workshop on ASEAN and the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Conflict and Humanitarian Situations has been released. Hosted by Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on 20 August 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the event was attended by 48 leaders from the government sector, nongovernment organizations and international organizations from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore and Viet Nam.
Acting British Ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste, Rebecca Razavi, delivered the keynote address on the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. This report highlights the key themes discussed at the workshop and recommendations put forward by participants to augment regional efforts to prevent violence against women in conflict and humanitarian situations.
1. Strengthen the case for engagement with UN Security Council 1325 (2000) Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the ASEAN Political Security Community.
a. In particular, promote WPS engagement within two ASEAN institutions strongly associated with the Political Security Community – the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and ASEAN
Institute of Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR).
b. Continue to promote the complementarity of the WPS agenda in meeting the prevention of violence against women agenda in the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting for Women (AMMW) and the ASEAN Commission for Women and Children (ACWC).
2. Further consideration of how to engage the security sector in the prevention of sexual violence in conflict and humanitarian situations.
3. Facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge exchange on the value of WPS National Action Plans (NAPs) in building capacity to prevent violence against women and empowering women in peace and security institutions, particularly gender inclusion and mainstreaming in the judicial and security sectors.
4. Facilitate WPS awareness raising, advocacy and networking as part of R2P exchange in the region.
5. Conduct research, particularly monitoring and evaluation of national level performance, to help inform policy interventions aimed at implementing WPS at national and regional level.