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Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings through forced labor or slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation. It occurs both across and within national borders and can affect men, women, and children. Although the global and regional impact of trafficking is difficult to measure, data do show that it is on the rise in many areas and that women and girls are particularly vulnerable.
Kathmandu – March 25, 2016: 25 Members of Parliament from 13 countries from the Asia-Pacific Region, gathered together on 22-23 March, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal, to discuss the importance of designing and implementing laws and policies to promote accountability and accelerate collective efforts both nationally and sub-regionally for ending early, child, and forced marriage.
Equality, human rights and full access to reproductive health must be priorities for Asia-Pacific nations meeting at the UN in Bangkok next week for the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review.
That’s the view of leading parliamentarians from the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) who have been working to progress gender equality in their national parliaments throughout the region and at AFPPD workshops, said Pakistan MP and AFPPD delegation spokesperson Mrs Mahtab Akbar Rashdi.
Over 40 Asia-Pacific parliamentarians meeting in Manila, Philippines have committed to eliminate inequality and protect the rights of women through a strong assertion of human rights in every aspect of development.
Parliamentarians have a strategic role in implementing the health and human rights goals nations are committing to at the UN’s 3rd Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference, which begins in the Pacific island nation of Samoa today.
The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), its national committees, and the Pacific parliamentarians who are in delegations to SIDS will work together to ensure the population and development priorities in the already agreed SIDS outcome document, the Samoan Pathway, can be implemented.
Achieving gender equality is a major priority for Asia-Pacific parliamentarians as they renew efforts to end inequality in international forums and celebrate upcoming International Women’s Day events, says Senator Claire Moore, vice-chair of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD).
If we want to achieve sustainable development we must protect and empower our nation’s untapped wealth, women and girls. Men, particularly male parliamentarians, play a crucial role in the elimination of violence against women.