Back-to-back regional programs on Count Us In! campaign and the Strategic Planning Workshop on Advancing Gender Equality were conducted on 5-7 August 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
These programs were organized to capitalize on on-going preparations for the ITUC-AP’s 3rd Regional Conference in 2015. Overall, the outcomes of these programs will inform and shape the development of ITUC-AP’s strategic framework on gender equality for the next four years (2015-2019).
In this context, discussions during the workshops included a review of current gender equality situation at the national, sub-regional and regional levels including country/affiliates-specific progress to date and lessons learned in line with the goals of Platform of Action for Gender Equality (PAGE 2011-2015).
Several outcomes of the workshop include: (1) summary report of progress based on information earlier submitted by affiliates to the ITUC-AP Secretariat including those shared during the breakout sessions; (2) proposed key priorities the new PAGE seeks to focus on for the next 4 years; and (3) initial plan of actions and performance indicators.
Key results from the substantive issues and practical recommendations, were calls to make organizing and social protection as over-arching strategies for realizing the goals of gender equality and women empowerment. Participants also emphasized the importance of developing measurable results-oriented actions and focusing efforts on the following proposed key areas: (1) organizing informal sector and domestic workers; (2) recruiting young women, particularly those in precarious employment; (3) promoting women in leadership positions; and (4) promoting a working environment free of discrimination of any form.
The workshops were attended by 24 participants from 23 affiliates. The Regional Meeting Count Us In! Meeting (5 August 2014) was conducted with support from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
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