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Participation of HAWCA representative in Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing+15

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On 4-15 September, 1995, Fourth World Conference on Women or informally called The Beijing Women’s Conference was held in Beijing, China. The three previous World Conferences were in Mexico City (International Women's Year, 1975, Copenhagen (1980) and Nairobi (1985). The organizers of this conference were the Commission on the Status of Women, with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) serving as the Conference secretariat.

A number of 189 governments and more than 5,000 representatives from 2,100 non-governmental organizations and 5,000 media representatives attended the Conference and nearly 30,000 individuals attended the independent NGO Forum ’95.

The principal themes were the advancement and empowerment of women in relation to women’s human rights, women and poverty, women and decision-making, the girl-child, violence against women and other areas of concern. The resulting documents of the Conference are The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

In addition to the national mechanisms, the primary UN bodies include the Commission on the Status of Women; the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW); and the Division for the Advancement of Women.

Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing+15 was held on 22-25 October, 2009, in Quezon City, Philippines; with the theme "Weaving Wisdom, Confronting Crises, Forging the Future". This forum was arranged by Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW). Women from all over Asia and the Pacific had come together to discuss the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) on women’s equality.

Four delegates (Hasina Safi, Rookhshana Safi, Huma Alizoy and Selay Ghaffar) from Afghanistan had participated in this event. There was a special session on Afghanistan on 22 October, where Selay Ghaffar, Executive Director of HAWCA, as the head of Afghan delegation to Asia Pacific NGO forum-2009 had a presentation on four critical areas of Beijing Platform for Action: Security and Peace, Health Care, Education, Political Participation and Decision Making. As there were many parallel workshop at the same time but the audience’s presence in Afghanistan special session was noticeable. At the end of presentation, there was two hours Q&A session which was carried out by all four delegates.

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Asia Pacific Women’s Bazaar was open to all public which contained showcase of crafts, décor, food, fabrics, jewelry, clothes, accessories and etc from the Phillippines and other Asia Pacific region.