Woman at APWLD's Parliamentary Exchange in Timor-Leste.
APWLD has been a powerhouse of advocacy and activism for 25 years. With 180 member-groups from over 25 countries, they are a leading voice for women’s rights in Asia and the Pacific. With research and training, women are empowered to use law as an instrument to claim and strengthen their human rights.
A recent training on gender and politics included a parliamentary exchange that took Burmese women parliamentarians to meet their counterparts in Timor-Leste. The result? Daw Khin Waing Kyi, a representative in Burma/Myanmar’s House of Nationalities, was inspired to advocate for a 30 percent quota for women within the Burmese Parliament. Her proposal is pending review for the next election in 2015.
From parliamentarians to local women leaders, APWLD’s strength lies in its diverse membership. During trainings on how to utilize local political resources, a member of her city council’s Committee on Affairs of Women and Youth in Tajikistan used APWLD’s materials to develop leadership trainings for young women in her city. Another participant from Kyrgyzstan incorporated APWLD resources to create leadership development sessions for women living with HIV.