The ASEAN Regional Study on Women, Peace and Security
14 September 2021
The adoption of the Joint Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN at the 31st ASEAN Summit in 2017 was a key milestone to recognize the critical role of women in peace building, conflict prevention, resolution and recovery in the region.
This has been reiterated at the first Regional Symposium on Implementing Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in ASEAN in August 2019, and subsequently the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Women's role for Sustainable Peace and Security held in September 2020. The region demonstrates high-level commitment to integrate WPS into the regional policies and frameworks across the three ASEAN community pillars of Political-Security Community, Economic Community, and Socio-Cultural Community.
The ASEAN Regional Study on WPS is the first regional flagship publication that examines the development and implementation of WPS in the context of ASEAN. It aims to consolidate good practices and lessons learned on WPS, including key recommendations that have emerged from ASEAN-owned experiences and context to pave the way forward. The Study provides a strong foundation to establish a common understanding on WPS and how it has been localised at the regional, national and local levels within the ASEAN region.
The publication is a product of a joint effort led by the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and supported by the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEANUSAID Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT), and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).