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Asia- Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing + 15 notes multiple challenges on women

Submitted by: regina
On: 24/10/2009

The Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing + 15 opened October 22  at the Miriam College in Quezon City, Philippines. Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Undersecretary General and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Executive Secretary graced the occasion.

The theme of the forum is: Weaving Wisdom, Confronting Crises, Forging the Future.

Reports from the forum said that Hezyer, who organised the AP NGO Forum just before the 1995 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China looked back with pride the achievements made by women: It was not so much a world conference on women but a women's conference on the world." She cited the developments in some legislations particularly ion Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Nepal that have already in place national plan of actions on women. She lauded Nepal because while it is still emerging from years of strife, women consist 33 per cent of the country's current parliament.

GS delegates to the Asia Pacific NGO Foum  Heyzer noted the multiple challenges women are currently facing especially with the financial crisis and fundamentalisms. In the Asia Pacific region, 25 million women who are concentrated in the manufacturing sector have lost their jobs. Labour migration, where women comprise about 70 per cent is likewise severely affected.

"Social recovery takes twice as long women. We need to change the current development model where goods are manufactured cheaply in Asia to be consumed in the West.

The Good Shepherd Congregation is represented in the forum. The Good Shepherd Sisters became affiliated with the United Nations as a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) in consultative status with ECOSOC in November 1996.

During this forum, the GS NGO is represented by delegates from Asia/Pacific. Many Good Shepherd Sisters and l ay partners from the Philippines have also been invited to attend.

 From  GS  Asia-Pacific Justice and Peace Network:

1.      Sr. Sabina Pathrose from India (Member of the Congregational Leadership Team) 
      Sr. Madonna Wimaladasa from Sri Lanka
3.       Sr. Julia Queck from Singapore|
4.       Sr. Barbara Lip from Malaysia|
5.       Ms. Gloria Bon from Malaysia
6.       Sr. Maureen Catabian from Philippines
7.       Sr. Dale Saavedra from Japan
8.       Sr. Therese Thong from Taiwan
9.       Dr. Yin-Cheng Chang from Taiwan
10.   Sr. Sutisa Utalun from Thailand
11.   Ms. Debbie Lai   from Macao
12.   Ms. Aris Tam  from  Macao
13.   Sr. Angela Reed, RSM from Australia

From GS Philippines

1.       Sr. Evelina Coronel from Malate Community
2.       Sr. Alice Andres from Pagadian Community/Ministry
3.       Sr. Ailyn Binco from GS Community/SMEIDFI
4.       Sr. Henedina Mananzan from Cebu, Banawa Community
5.       Sr. Antonietta Go from Cebu, Banawa Community
6.       Sr. Minela Alvarez from Isabela Community/WJPIC
7.       Sr. Josephine Bacaltos from Davao Community
8.       Ms. Sarah Ramos from COW Davao City
9.       Ms. Jewellyn Martinez from Cebu City
10.   Ms. Miami Cobcoban from Cebu City
11.   Sr. Gemma Dinglasan from Bukid Kabataan Community, Cavite
12.   Sr. Marilou Castro from Bukid Kabataan Community, Cavite
13.   Sr. Veron Nobleza from GSH Legazpi Community
14.   Ms. Jocelyn Binas Lita from Legazpi City
15.   Ms. Gloria Quinones Resari from Legazpi City
16.   Ms. Cristy Gumba from Legazpi City
17.   Ms. Rosenda Bu-ucan from Baguio City
18.   Sr. Bernadette Guzman from Euphrasian Community
19.   Sr. Florence Soe from Myanmar
20.   Sr. Rosario Battung from Maryridge, Tagaytay City
21.   Ms. Shiela Cordero from Davao City
22.   Ms. Leila Masangkay from Damayan Community Center in Malabon
23.   Ms. Veronica Tomaque from Heart of Mary Villa , Malabon 
24.   Sr. John Dumaug RGS, Good Shepherd Community

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