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What We Are

The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) is a non-partisan, non-profit and non-governmental regional organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting equal participation of women in politics and decision-making. CAPWIP was established in 1992 by a group of women from the Asia-Pacific region who share a vision of governance that affirms gender equality, integrity and accountability, excellence, sustainable development and peace.

We advocate transformative politics which is the use of power to create change towards economic, social and political equity between sexes and among sectors within the context of shaping a society that is just, humane and promotes a sustainable way of life.

CAPWIP operates through a network of national affiliates clustered into 5 sub-regional groupings: Central Asia, East Asia, Pacific, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Our sub-regional focal points and national affiliates are autonomous organizations actively involved in women's political empowerment in their respective countries. CAPWIP has committed itself to supporting its network through technical assistance in organizational and program planning, training, research and information sharing. The center is currently based in the Philippines.

CAPWIP receives administrative and program support from voluntary contributions from its Board of Trustees and other individuals, annual membership fees and grants from bilateral and multilateral aid agencies.


Our goals are:


We envision governance in the Asia-Pacific region as an affirmation of excellence, integrity and accountability, gender equality, sustainable development and peace.

Plan of Action

Promoting the political empowerment of women is crucial in order to realize CAPWIP's vision of Transformative Politics. Our Plan of Action is based on a framework of transformative politics that proposes to achieve women's political empowerment through:

 a) getting more women into leadership positions at all levels;  and

b) developing an effective and responsible women electorate.

This Plan of Action was formulated by and for Asia-Pacific women in the world of male-dominated politics to as a guide to achieving the political advancement of women.

CAPWIP Programs

Advocacy and Networking


Research and Information Sharing

Origins of CAPWIP

CAPWIP and its role in forming the Global Network of Women in Politics (GLOBALNET) is an interesting story, covering almost ten years and including many well known names in the current WIP community. Read it here!

CAPWIP short brochure: download pdf file.

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Dated: March 03, 2009