Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in the ASEAN Region


The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, the Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Union of Myanmar, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam;

 

RECALLING the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 48/104 of 20 December 1993, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women;

CONCERNED that violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of equality, development and peace, as embodied in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted in September 1995 by the Fourth World Conference on Women and reiterated in the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, entitled “Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century”;

DESIRING to intensify the aims and purposes of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) of 1967, the Declaration of ASEAN Concord of 1976, the Manila Declaration of 1987, the Declaration of the Advancement of Women in the ASEAN Region of 1988 and the Ha Noi Plan of Action of 1998;

RECOGNISING that violence against women both violates and impairs their human rights and fundamental freedoms, limits their access to and control of resources and activities, and impedes the full development of their potential;

 

 

DO HEREBY DECLARE THAT:

 

In the context of strengthening regional cooperation, collaboration and coordination for the purpose of eliminating violence against women in the region, each Member Country, either individually or collectively, in ASEAN shall endeavour to fully implement the goals and commitments made related to eliminating violence against women and monitor their progress as follows:

 

  1. 1.To encourage greater regional and bilateral cooperation in the systematic research, collection, analysis and dissemination of data, including disaggregated by sex, age, and other relevant information, on the extent, nature and consequences of violence against women and girls, and on the impact and effectiveness of policies and programmes for combating violence against women;

 

  1. 2.To promote an integrated and holistic approach to eliminate violence against women by formulating mechanisms focusing on the four areas of concerns of violence against women, namely, providing services to fulfill the needs of survivors, formulating and taking appropriate responses to offenders and perpetrators, understanding the nature and causes of violence against women and changing societal attitudes and behaviour;

 

  1. 3.To encourage gender mainstreaming to eliminate all forms of violence against women through policies and programmes as well as systems, procedures and processes;

 

4.   To enact and, where necessary, reinforce or amend domestic legislation to prevent violence against women, to enhance the protection, healing, recovery and reintegration of victims/survivors, including measures to investigate, prosecute, punish and where appropriate rehabilitate perpetrators, and prevent re-victimisation of women and girls subjected to any form of violence, whether in the home, the workplace, the community or society or in custody;

 

  1. 5.To take all necessary measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to empower women and strengthen their economic independence and to protect and promote the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in order to allow women and girls to protect themselves against violence;

 

  1. 6.To intensify efforts to develop and/or improve existing legislative, educational, social measures and support services aimed at the prevention of violence against women, including adoption and monitoring the implementation of laws, the dissemination of information, active involvement with community-based players, and the training of legal, judicial, enforcement officers, social workers and health personnel;

 

  1. 7.To strengthen collaboration between and among countries, through bilateral, regional and international cooperation for resource mobilisation and technical exchange programmes, including sharing of best practices and experience in raising awareness, developing advocacy programmes on preventing and tackling violence against women;

 

8.   To support initiatives undertaken by women’s organisations and non-governmental and community-based organisations on the elimination of violence against women and to establish and/or strengthen networking as well as collaborative relationships with these organisations, and with public and private sector institutions.

 

DONE in Jakarta, Indonesia, this Thirtieth day of June in the Year Two Thousand and Four, in one single copy in English.

 

 

   For Brunei Darussalam

 

 

 

 

 

Masna

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

 

For the Kingdom of Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

HOR Namhong

Senior Minister and Minister of

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

 

 

For the Republic of Indonesia

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda

Minister for Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

 

 

 

 

 

Somsavat Lengsavad

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

For Malaysia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar

Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

 

For the Union of Myanmar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win Aung

Minister for Foreign Affairs

 

 

For the Republic of the Philippines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delia Domingo Albert

Secretary of Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

For the Republic of Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. S. Jayakumar

Minister for Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

For the Kingdom of Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai

Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

For the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nguyen Dy Nien

Minister of Foreign Affairs