Watch the Asia Pacific NGO CSW Consultation Day Event

Women’s Effective Participation in Decision Making and the Future of Feminism – An Asia Pacific Regional Perspective

For the first time in 2021 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the Asia Pacific NGO CSW presented a 2 hour forum to kick-off events for CSW 65th Session.

The theme for the event is Women’s Effective Participation in Decision Making and combines discussions on the future of feminism in the region.

We apologies for the technical glitches and have corrected these where possible.

Panelists presented alongside members of the AP NGO CSW youth team and Co-Chairs.

MC for the event was Suvechya Rana (AP NGO CSW Youth Team)

Panelists :

    • Melisa Alvarado (UN Women Regional Office – Asia Pacific)
    • Naw Hser Hser (Women’s League of Burma)
    • Losana Tuiraviravi (Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM)
    • Rosana Isa (Sisters in Islam)
    • Medha Sharma (Visible Impact)
    • Jean Chong (ASEAN SOGIE Caucus)

Moderator of the Panel : Isha Tembe (AP NGO CSW Youth Team)

The Youth Team who worked on this event are :

    • Suvechya Rana (Nepal) Homaria Sharif (Afghanistan)
    • Isha Tembe (Australia)
    • Losana Tuiraviravi Doris Tulifau (Samoa)
    • Danica Gonzalez (Philippines)
    • Co-Chairs Bandana Rana (Nepal) and Carole Shaw (Australia) also presented.

We wish to acknowledge the support of NGO CSW NY in providing the platform for this event and Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) for technical support.

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Asia Pacific NGO CSW Consultation Day Event

NGO CSW/NY is a global platform for the voices and leadership of feminists and women’s rights organisations.  Annually the organisation facilitates the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic the entire forum will be run online from the 15th-26th of March 2021.

The theme for this year’s Asia Pacific NGO Consultation day is Women’s Effective Participation in Decision Making and the Future of Feminism in the region.

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Speakers for the event are:

  • Melissa Alvarado, Regional Program Manager EVAW at UN Women Asia Pacific Office
  • Naw Hser Hser, Women’s League of Burma
  • Losana Tuiraviravi, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM)
  • Rozanna Isa,  Executive Director Sisters in Islam
  • Medha Sharma, President Visible Impact
  • Jean Chong, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus member


Isha Tembe,  NGO CSW Asia Pacific Young Women’s Team (Australia)

Full Panelist and Moderator’s Profiles found here 

AP NGO CSW EVENT : CSW 65th Webinar – Women’s Effective Participation in Decision Making


In preparation for  of CSW 65th Session the Asia pacific NGO CSW youth committee  worked to present an intergenerational dialogue focussing on  the topic of women’s effective participation at the decision-making level.

This topic is identified as one of the 12 critical areas of the BPfA, from which we are seeing the impact of as women continue to rise up through the ranks and be significant parts of the political, economic, and corporate power structures of the region.  We know that when women are represented at the decision-making level it possesses a positive chain reaction. It has been shown that when women engage with the political system in local, state, or national levels of government it brings forth higher female voter turnout, and a stronger focus on the improvement of social services. In the private sector we see it when women take managerial positions there comes an increase of profit.  However, in the Asia Pacific region women’s representation at the decision-making level remains lagging to the global average. under the 25-year review of the BPfA it highlighted the need to accelerate the closing of gaps to ensure that women can access these roles without stigma, stereotypes, or negative norms.

This inter-generational webinar brings exceptional leaders together to  discuss what they have experienced, what continues to challenge and perhaps even what has improved or developed in the process.

To view the video of this event please click here