Monday, 24 March 2008

Women and an ASEAN Human Rights Body: A commemoration of International Women’s Day

I have been tardy in updating this blog, mostly because I took some personal time after the Budget debates and after that I have been focusing on work. Over the next few days, I will post some updates on my speeches during the Budget debates, and also try to figure out how to add Vodpod to this blog.

In the meantime, MARUAH Singapore is organising a forum in partnership with AWARE, Unifem Singapore and the Society of Financial Service Professionals, to commemorate International Women's Day. Please do attend if you can.

Date: Saturday 29th March

Event description:

Singapore holds the chairmanship of Asean from July 2007-July 2008. During it’s tenure, Asean countries signed the Asean Charter. Article 14 of the Charter affirms Asean’s commitment to the ‘protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms’. To promote these aims, Article 14 calls for the setting up of an “Asean human rights body”. Singapore was the first country to ratify this treaty.

What is the current status of women’s rights in Asean and how can Article 14 make a tangible difference in advancing these rights? How much further does Asean have to go in the sphere of gender equality and human rights?

Come down and listen to the views of speakers both local and regional on these questions and more.

Please RSVP attendance to:

Time: 3-5pm (Registration begins at 2.30pm)

Venue: Function Hall, 5th Storey Podium, URA Building

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