An Asia Pacific Regional NGO Consultation with the
UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its Causes and Consequences,
Dr. Yakin Ertürk
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People,
Prof. S. James Anaya
15-16 October 2008
New Delhi, India
Background to the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on VAW and the UN Special Rapporteur on IP
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) has been facilitating consultations with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its causes and consequences (UNSRVAW) since 1995, following the inception of the UNSRVAW mandate and appointment of the first rapporteur in 1994
These annual Consultations provide an important forum for women from the region to discuss and address issues relating to multiple forms of violence faced by women as well as contribute to the UNSRVAW mandate in integrating the regional specificities of violence against women in the Asia Pacific into its general framework. The Consultations focus on discussions around the selected topic of the UNSRVAW’s forthcoming annual report to the UN Human Rights Council, making them relevant to contemporary issues related to violence against women (VAW) in the Asia Pacific region.
In accordance with the call of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at its sixth session1 to the Special Rapporteur on violence against women to hold regional consultations with indigenous women,, the theme of the 2008 Asia Pacific Consultation will address violence against Indigenous Women in this region. The consultation will be attended by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Ertürk, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People, S. James Anaya.
Objectives of the forthcoming Consultation
The general aims of the regional Consultations have been:
(i) to provide critical information to the UNSRVAW and other Special Rapporteurs, whose mandates coincide with the chosen theme of the consultation for inclusion in their reports;
(ii) to enhance the discourse and to discuss strategies for addressing the issues identified;
(iii) to create a forum for women to discuss in a focused manner various critical and emerging issues affecting women in the region related to violence against women; and
(iv) to strengthen the capacity of women’s organizations to engage with UN Special Rapporteurs
and other UN experts with the aim of developing effective strategies to combat violence against women in the region and their respective countries.