MANILA, Mar 10 (Reporting ASEAN) – In Southeast Asia, women are 8 times more likely to be abused by someone they know and trust.
Despite economic growth in the region, only 73 females are employed for every 100 males – their jobs often in vulnerable and low-paying sectors, such as agriculture. There are only 26 female employers for every 100 male employers.
And of the 800 women who die daily while giving birth, a third of those – 288 women – come from Asia-Pacific.
ASEAN is aware of the issues.
In 2012, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) put together a 24-point Work Plan addressing issues ranging from trafficking of women and children to women participation in politics and decision making. It was a bold step with significant potential.
But today, only about 16% of projects in the 2012-2016 Work Plan has been completed.
Read the first story in this two-part feature on women empowerment in Rappler:
Click here for the second story.