History of ASEAN Women's Network
In 1999, women leaders representing different Education International affiliates from the ASEAN countries were gathered by the then EI Coordinator Sis. Sashi Bala Singh (now our Chief Coordinator ) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to intensify women’s initiatives against all forms of discrimination. Hence, the EI ASEAN WOMEN’S NETWORK was established in 2000 as a response to the continuing discrimination and violence against women experienced in their work, in education and in their respective countries.
The network realized the need to have a structure to implement the various programs/projects for the advancement of the status of women and address different issues detrimental for its realization. There is also a need to monitor the success and failures of each organization and a venue for this must be put up. This gave birth to the ASEAN WOMEN’S NEWSLETTER with great pride the newsletter serves as a vehicle for the exchange of information among members of the network and other concerned groups
Through this network, women leaders from different regions were able to exchange and share ideas, strategies and news about their respective organization. The representatives pledge to promote the economic and social empowerment of women through greater participation in decision policy making in the union and society.
As women educators, we envision a strong and sustainable ASEAN WOMEN’S NETWORK which contribute to the attainment of gender equality and women empowerment at work, in teacher’s union and society in general.
- To promote gender awareness by integrating gender issues in all trade union activities
- To develop functional women’s committees / network in the union
- To enhance the proactive role of women in the decision making governance through capacity building and networking
- To maintain an effective communication system for sharing that will provide data base for research, monitoring and evaluation
- To advance social awareness for sustainable development of society through the promotion of rights of women, children, and the girl child.