Newsletter - November 1999

Asia-Pacific Women Parliamentarians' Conference

CAPWIP is organizing the Asia-Pacific Women Parliamentarians' Conference on Transformative Leadership for Good Governance in the 21st Century which will be held on 24-25 March 2000 at the UN Conference Hall in Bangkok, Thailand.

The conference will be a two-day meeting of women parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region including the newly formed Central Asian republics. It is envisioned to provide a much needed forum for the discussion of transformative leadership for good governance and policy options in two critical concerns in the Asia-Pacific region - globalization and armed conflict. Policy alternatives in these areas will be explored within a framework of a transformative vision for consideration by women parliamentarians of the region in pursuing a more equitable and sustainable priority setting for the development efforts in their respective countries at the onset of the next millenium.

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are the sponsors of the conference.

Invitations to women parliamentarians will be sent out in November. Those interested in participating in the conference may contact us.

Beijing+5 Review of Women in Politics in Asia-Pacific

CAPWIP has prepared the paper on Issues in Women's Political Empowerment in the Asia-Pacific Region for presentation at the High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting which is being convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)on 26-29 October, 1999 in Bangkok to review the regional implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Rosa Linda Tidalgo-Miranda, CAPWIP Executive Director, presented the paper, which will serve as the substantive paper for deliberation by the meeting on future actions that could be taken by various sectors to implement more effectively the recommendations on "Women in Power and Decision-making."

Preparation of the paper was funded by UNIFEM East and South East Asia Regional Office (E&SEARO) and the UNDP Regional Gender Program (APGEN).

Beijing +5 Review Paper for the 1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs

Rosa Linda Tidalgo-Miranda, CAPWIP's Executive Director, was invited to present in one of the conference workshops of the 1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs, CAPWIP's Beijing+5 review paper entitled, "Issues in Women's Political Empowerment in the Asia-Pacific Region." The paper was the main presentation for the workshop on Women's Political Empowerment and Regional Network held on October 13, 1999. She discussed the issues faced by women in the field of politics as well as future directions for the political empowerment of women.

The 1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs on the theme "The Role of NGOs in the 21st Century: Inspire, Empower, Act!" was held last October 10-15, 1999. The conference was hosted by Kyung Hee University and convened by Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO), the Executive Committee Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (NGO/DPI Executive Committee), and the Global Cooperation Society (GCS) International. There were 2,000 NGO representatives from around the world and 4,000 representatives from local NGOs who participated in the conference.

UNDP'S APGEN makes a Partnership with CAPWIP

UNDP's program Promoting Gender Equality in the Asia Pacific Region or APGEN has engaged CAPWIP to implement its program component to promote women's political empowerment in Asia-Pacific. The project has the following major activities:

Development of a Training Module and Manual for Women on the Theory and Practice of Transformative Politics

An innovative module is being developed on the above area which will be piloted in the Philippines in the first quarter of the year 2000. The module and its trainors' manual is expected to be completed by June next year. A training of trainers will be conducted in the second quarter and used to further refine the trainors' manual.

Documentation of Best Practices in Women's Political Empowerment

CAPWIP, in partnership with sub-regional research institutions, will be documenting the experiences of women in the field of politics and governance and culling out the learnings as to what works and what does not work for women in politics and governance. The analysis of findings will be the basis for the formulation of the "how to's" of transformative politics and women's political empowerment.

Policy Research

CAPWIP will be doing gender-responsive policy research on critical Asia-Pacificdevelopment issues such as managing globalization, alternative approaches to conflict resolution, and addressing corruption in private and public agencies. The result of the policy studies will be packaged into user friendly information materials for strategic sectors such as policy makers in governments, activists in NGOs and other organized groups in civil society and business sectors. CAPWIP will ensure that the research results will be used in the conduct of sub-regional and national workshops and discussion groups, and to support advocacy efforts to make positive policy changes at the regional and national levels.

Development of a Website Network

CAPWIP launched its redesigned central website in November, together with the new sub-regional website of the Pacific Women in Politics Pacific Center (WIPPaC) at

CAPWIP's other four sub-regional focal points, Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia will launch their individual websites in the first quarter of year 2000.

The UNDP funding provides for the acquisition of hardware and software requirements for the central and sub-regional websites.


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