JAKARTA, 11 December 2018 – The ASEAN Secretariat, Canada Mission to ASEAN, and University of Indonesia (UI) jointly organised “Talkshow on the 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights” on 10 December, at UI campus in Depok.

The talkshow provided an avenue for learning, exchanges and engagement of young people to learn about HeForShe movement, to share their interpretations of what HeForShe means for the youth of ASEAN, and to join hands in becoming HeForShe advocates.

It was opened by Dr. Patricia Rinwigati, Head of Djokosoetono Research Centre, UI, and Rodora T. Babaran, Director of Human Development Directorate of ASEAN Secretariat. In the discussion, participants noted that despite the global and regional commitments to end violence and discrimination against women, progressive follow-up actions are required, including translating this commitment into national legislation frameworks and implementation at all levels. The discussion also highlighted the significant role of education in promoting the rights of women’s rights, gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

“ASEANHeForShe is a continuous effort, involving both women and men on equal footing, in promoting women’s rights, gender equality and empowerment of women,” said Jonathan Tan Ghee Tiong, head of the Culture and Information Division at ASEAN Secretariat.

Sabine Machl, UN Women Representative in Indonesia, underlined that UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was not a separate declaration of human rights. “CEDAW specifically translates what have been embedded in the Human Rights Declaration. It specifies what should be done in terms of eliminating violence against women. We, both men and women, are towards making it into reality,” she said.

“The progress towards mainstreaming gender equality and empowerment of women is not easy.  One of the strategies is inclusive – to include as many people as possible, to figure out the solution and to better implement our commitments in eliminating discrimination against women,” said Diedrah Kelly, Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN.

The discussion further highlighted the need for concerted efforts to mainstream and develop programmatic approach both at national and regional levels in mobilising men and boys in ASEAN’s work to promote gender equality in various areas from employment, education, health, politics, identities as well as law and access to justice.

The ASEAN HeForShe campaign, launched on 30 November 2017 in conjunction with the 16th Days of Activities against Gender Based Violence, aims to raise awareness on gender equality in the ASEAN region by encouraging the men and boys to be agents of change, to promote a culture of respect for women and girls and to recognise how men and boys can benefit from gender equality.