Do Asian LGBTs really need to come out when mothers have excellent LGBT radar? How was your coming out experience?
Join BE peer support web-app in a #BEChat on Coming Out with LGBT groups and advocates in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore on September 15, 2015 at 6.30 BKK/JKT and 7.30 KL/MLA/SG. We are joined by TLZsexperts and TEA Group from Thailand, GWL INA Indonesia, Pink Dot Singapore, Task Force Pride in Manila, and other advocates from the region.
Follow #BEChat and @Beingme_bcf on Twitter to engage in the Twitter convo, and dont forget to check out our discussants on Twitter: @tearongnamcha, @shine1968, @brondongmaniss, @denarachman, @hendriyulius, @MMPride_, and @PinkDotSG.
Women’s Labor Exploitation Under Neo Liberalism the current Economic model:
Neo-liberalism, the economic growth development model with policies of deregulation, privatisation and trade liberalisation via free trade agreements has been rigorously pursued globally by states (backed up by large corporations) including those in the Asia-Pacific. Under the pretext of attracting investments, providing jobs, generating revenues and creating development, neo-liberal globalisation has opened up our countries to international capital and international corporations whose main agenda is to increase their profits regardless the costs to human and natural resources. Labour exploitation has intensified. Gains made by workers, including women, through decades of worker organising and struggles have been eroded. These include the contraction or elimination of key elements of decent work such as job security, right to living wage, decent working conditions, health and safety measures, and the crucial rights to organize, to bargain and to strike. On top of this, gender inequality in the workplace remains strong including a gender pay gap in favor of men,in Asia Pacific, withAsia having the highest gender pay gap.
Women continue to disproportionately face a range of multiple challenges relating to access to employment,working conditions, employment security, wage parity, discrimination, sexual harassment and other forms of sexual abuse in the workplace, and balancing the competing burdens of work and family responsibilities. Thus, exploitation of women workers is deepened by the intersections of socio-cultural norms backed by patriarchy and policies and institutional frameworks based on neo-liberal economic models.
Privatisation of basic social services such as health, education and housing, which are features of neo-liberal globalisation, has made these services inaccessible to the poor and has added to the burdens of women as mothers, wives and as social service workers.
Need for more women to unionise and to organise
Under the neo-liberal globalisation attack on decent work and worker’s and women’s rights, the need to organise and to unionise becomes more urgent.
Trade Unions, especially for women labour, are critical space to promote and protect women workers’ rights, not just at the workplace but also in the community and at the national, regional and international levels.Despite the crucial role unions play in asserting worker’s rights to decent work and its potential in advancing women’s rights, women remain under-represented as members, organisers and leaders in the trade union movement. Although there has been increase in women’s membership in Trade unions, only a small number of women hold leadership positions. This could be due to deeply embedded patriarchal values that ‘attempt at dissuasion against taking on trade union responsibilities’, lack of leadership skills or lack of confidence in their own abilities, or even lack of knowledge of how trade unions can help them or largely due to burden of family responsibilities.Recognising the multiple challenges women union leaders face and the importance of trade unions to advance women’s human rights, APWLD organised its first trade union leadership training in 2014 that trained 23 women organizers and leaders.
With the success of its first training, APWLD will hold its 2nd ‘Women Leading, Women Organizing’ training in Manila, Philippines from 14th to 18thNov. It is important to note that the Ministerial Meeting of theAsia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)will be held on18th-19thNov, thus providing the trade union training participants the opportunity to take part in the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) solidarity events during17th to 19thNovember, to register our rejection of the further expansion and strengthening of free-trade area deals and oppose the neo-liberal globalisation in the Asia Pacific region.
Training Methods& Content:
This participatory workshop/training will draw from the experiences and existing knowledge of the participants. It will focus on Trade Unionism in the context of Globalisation, Fundamentalism, Militarism and Feminist Development Justice. The sessions will seek to develop leadership skills; capacities in organising methods; feminist analysis of work; collective bargaining, and in the Decent Work agenda; Development Justice, among others.
Selection will be based on the following considerations:
Expectations and obligations of participants:
Pre-training (guidelines and materials will be provided by APWLD):
Maintain regular contact with APWLD and colleagues in the training to exchange lessons, experiences, practices and impacts that result from the training.
Cost of the Training and Sponsorship:
APWLD will cover the costs of discounted economy airfare; boarding and lodging during the training and the subsequent one-two days to participate in solidarity events (approx. 5/6days in total), applicable visa fees and airport/travel taxes. Other additional travel related expenses must be informed by the participant to APWLD beforehand for approval.
All applicants MUST submit:
The recommending trade union/organisation should certify that the applicant has worked in or aspire to involve in leadership roles and decision making positions within the organisation and is committed to applying the core learning points of the training in her future work.
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM and please email these 3 documents to the attention of: Sunee at firstname.lastname@example.org; and Nadia at email@example.com with Subject line as “Application for Women Leading, Women Organising Training”
Application must be lodged no later than 15 September 2015, Tuesday.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS (with either of incomplete/missing Application form, CV or Endorsement letter) WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED!!!
Please note that only Selected Applicants will be contacted (within October first week).
Please visit our website in this link for article on previous Trade Union training.
For instance, In Asia alone, the majority of female labour force of 734 million are employed in ‘vulnerable employment’ that are of informal nature, low pay and poorly unionized with highest risks of exploitation and least protections.
ILO, 2001, ‘Promoting Gender Equality: A Resource Kit for Trade Unions’ available in http://www.workinfo.com/free/links/gender/cha_1.htm
ITUC 2014 Report
Women in Trade Union: Making the difference in ttps://www.etuc.org/sites/www.etuc.org/files/genre_an_080403.pdf
APEC is geared to set up greater regional community to facilitate economic liberalization for free trade and investments in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020.
The CSO solidarity events that participants are expected to involve in are: International Festival for People’s Rights and Struggles/IFPRIS on Nov 17; People’s Campaign against Imperialist Globalization/PCAIG on Nov 18; and People’s Caravan on Nov 19 (TBC)
When: Back to Calendar 14 September, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 15 September, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Manila, Metro Manila
FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) and The Sombath Initiative
Sombath Somphone: 1,000 Days Without Justice
Press conference and panel discussion
10:30am, Friday September 11, 2015
This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
On the evening of December 15, 2015, police stopped prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone at a police checkpoint on a busy street of Vientiane. Shortly after being stopped, CCTV footage showed that unknown individuals forced Sombath into another vehicle and drove away while police looked on. Sombath was never seen again. His fate or whereabouts remain unknown to this day.
September 11, 2015, marks 1,000 days since Sombath disappeared. During these 1,000 days, what has been done to safely return Sombath? What have been the domestic and regional implications of his disappearance? What are the next steps?
A panel of four distinguished speakers will answer these questions and provide an update on the quest for truth and justice for Sombath Somphone's disappearance.
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center Building
518/5 Ploenchit Road (connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Web Site: http://www.fccthai.com
Hours of Operation -
All departments are open Monday-Friday and closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
(including Photo Gallery)
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 noon - 2:30pm
6:00 pm - 9:00pm
12:00 noon - 11:00 pm
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
When: Back to Calendar 5 September, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 7 September, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Business and Human Rights Guidelines for ASEAN Community Post-2015
The overall objective of the event is to achieve a better understanding and collect inputs for the development of ASEAN Business and Human Rights Guidelines from key national stakeholders
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Erasmus Huis Jakarta, Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav S-3, Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
09.00 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 – 10.00 Opening Remarks
10.00 – 12.30 Panel Discussion followed by Discussion and Debate
Dr. Mualimin Abdi, S.H, M.H, Director General for Human Rights of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia (tbc)
Dr. Gadis Arivia, Executive Director, Indonesia Centre for Ethics (ICE)
Mr. Andrew Ferryawan Saputro, Head Of Corporate Affairs, Friesland Campina
Mr. Dicky Komar, Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
12:30 – 12.45 Wrap-up and Closing
Facilitator: Mr. Rafendi Djamin, Representative of Indonesia to AICHR
12.45 –13.30 Lunch
For queries and RSVP, latest 27 August, contact:
Ms. Wike Devi Erianti (firstname.lastname@example.org, +62-812-9816-3375) and
Mr. Rif’at S. Fachir (email@example.com)
The Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights is an ASEAN civil society initiative led by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and SAPA Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (TFAHR) . The Regional Consultation serves as a platform for strengthening engagement of civil society with the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms, namely the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC); and for discussing the human rights situation in the ASEAN region.
The 8th Regional Consultation this year will be held in Malaysia from 17-18 August 2015 with specific focus on “Migration and Human Rights in ASEAN”.
The issue of migration in ASEAN has became one of the core issues of ASEAN, as stated in the article 2.6 of the ASEAN Charter, one of the purpose of ASEAN is “to create single market and production base which is stable, prosperous, highly competitive and economically integrated with effective facilitation for trade and investment which there is free flow of goods, services and investment; facilitated movement of business persons, professionals, talents and labour; and freer flow of capital”. Migration of people is viewed as the necessity for achieving its goal as a community.
Recognizing the existing challenges in ensuring protection of the human rights, and also recognizing the various effort towards realizing the protection of the human rights of people in migration as briefly explained above, the key objective of the 8th Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights are:
Different actors and stakeholders in ASEAN have also initiated different efforts towards realizing a safe migration and promoting and protecting the human rights of people in migration.
The 8th Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights will be held in Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia, on:
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
Financial Sustainability - A Model for Nonprofit Organizations (FS-TH-110815)
Center for Resource & System Management (CRSM) is an expert Management Consultant, Training & Research Company. Consisting of a pool of Management Consultants and Trainers having an experience of up to 20 years in their respective core competency areas, CRSM undertakes management consultancy, training and research projects and provides total management solutions.
Achieving institutional financial sustainability is a goal that all non-profit organizations strive for. Theoretically, this financial sustainability will enable us to cover our administrative costs and to prioritize our activities so as to accomplish our missions, without undergoing interminable negotiations with donors who may or may not agree with our vision or with our cost percentages.
This training aims to develop understanding among the participants about the nature, concepts and calculations of financial sustainability. They will not only be able to diagnose the financial problems in their NGO but will have solutions to overcome the issues.
Objectives of the Training: After attending this training, participants will be able to:
Duration & Venue: August 11 to 14, 2015 (Tuesday to Friday) Bangkok, Thailand
Registration Deadline: July 20, 2015
Early Bird discount of 5% if registered before June 30, 2015
Local NGOs (Thailand Based) USD 420
Int’l NGOs (Thailand Based) USD 820
Local/Int’l NGOs (All Countries) USD 1,020
Residential Package:Residential Package includes 6 night stays at venue hotel (hotel policy will be applied in all the cases)
Single Occupancy: Training Fee + USD 600
Double Occupancy: Training Fee + USD 720
Discount Policy:Group Discount (from same organization):
5% for 3 or more participants
10% for 6 or more participants
In-House Training: CRSM offers this training for your organization as an in-house event. This will be cost effective and customized for your organizations’ specific needs. To discuss this, please contact CRSM representative at +92-51-4862554 or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get registered? Please download the registration form for the link below and send its soft copy to the email ID written on the form. Our correspondent will contact you for further processing
Source : www.crsmanagement.net
For Further Information, Please Contact:
Phone: +92(51) 4862 554 OR +92 (321) 5565 072
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AICHR-SOMTC Joint Workshop on Human Rights-based Approach to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children
When: 9 August, 2015 – 10 August, 2015 (all-day)
Where: Indonesia Indonesia
Interface Meeting with the AMM
When: 3 August, 2015 (all-day)
Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia