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ASEAN women ratify Manila call to action

Manila (November 23) -- More than 350 women leaders from the ten member nations of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) who attended the ASEAN Regional Conference on Womenomics and the 13th ACWO General Assembly at the historic Manila Hotel, unanimously ratified the Manila Call to Action on November 22, 2008.

The November 20-23 activity was organized by the National Council of Women of the Philippines in partnership with the Australian Aid and the University of Canberra.

The 352 participants from 90 women organizations covering ten ASEAN member countries and Australia and Canada, agreed to further define and implement the equitable and effective participation of women in all fields in the ASEAN community building process and its translation into the 2007 ASEAN Confederation of Women Organizations Flagship Development Agenda, the Womenomics Empowering Framework.

The Manila Call to Action was passed after thorough discussion on the theme "Empowering Women and Expanding the Participation in the Globalized Community," particularly through promotion of women's entrepreneurship; development of women's leadership and e-governance; promotion of access by women to credit and finance, technology, information, markets and safety nets; establishment of eBiz centers at local governments to promote women's products through the internet; and ensuring sustainable development.

The Manila Call to Action beacons the participating local, national and regional women organizations to approve the adoption of the development framework for Womenomics through a gender management strategy and structure to serve as coordinating mechanism that will link women's entrepreneurial activities at all levels, local, national and regional, and intensify advocacy with their respective governments in order to attain women empowerment thru entrepreneurship development, sustainable development, and ICT promotion. The Conference promotes Womenomics as a development strategy to alleviate poverty and intensify women empowerment at the national, regional and local levels.

The WOMENOMICS combines the words "women" and "economics", developed during an international conference of world economists in 2006. It means giving economic value to women's contributions in the global economy. (PIA 8) [top]

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