About the Conference
Breakdown of Conference Participants
Number of Women Legislators
Papua New Guinea
South East Asia
The Asia-Pacific Women Parliamentarians' Conference on Transformative Leadership for Good Governance in the 21st Century, organized by CAPWIP, was a rare opportunity for women parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region to come together in a forum designed exclusively for them, and share their experiences as women who have gained access to positions of decision-making and power. Sixty-five (65) women legislators from 17 Asia-Pacific countries attended the 2-day conference.
CAPWIP utilized an innovative format for this conference by bringing together experts to share their analysis of development issues with women parliamentarians during a series of plenary presentations on the first day. Then a series of workshops on the second day provided the women legislators opportunity to brainstorm on possible policy handles and strategies to address the issues of:
- Transforming traditional politics and leadership;
- Managing globalization to ensure a more equitable and sustainable path to national and regional development; and
- Transforming approaches to conflict resolution at the national as well as regional level and women's role in this.
Given the richness of the plenary discussions on the first day, CAPWIP extended its invitation to non-women parliamentarians to attend the presentation by experts. 113 non-parliamentary participants joined in the first-day sessions. They came from the academe, non-government organizations (NGOs), multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, diplomatic corps, business and media as well as Thai government officials.
The coming together of women parliamentarians from across the Asia-Pacific region gave the legislators a chance to get to know their counterparts. Formal plenary sessions and the informal small group discussions were occasions for the women to start forming possible networks of cooperation and collaboration. These networks are expected to foster a continuing exchange of experiences, insight, advice and mutual support among the women legislators.
CAPWIP would like to thank the principal sponsors of the conference namely the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Other sponsors included the Asian Development Bank (ADB), South East Asia Gender Equity Program-Canadian International Development Agency (SEAGEP-CIDA), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok and Siam Commercial Bank.