2-day ACWC meet begins

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE two-day Special Meeting of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) began here yesterday.

The meeting, which was chaired by Brunei Representative to ACWC Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Md Kassim, among others, discussed the appropriate approach to implement the collective commitments of ASEAN that are reflected in the recently adopted Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Elimination of Violence Against Children.

Datin Hjh Intan said in her welcoming remarks that the declaration was adopted by leaders at the recent 23rd ASEAN Summit on October 9, 2013 in Brunei Darussalam.

“It is our hope that we will be able to come up with concrete plans for the implementation to support the Declaration,” she said.

Present as guest of honour was Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports.

In his speech, he shared Brunei’s efforts to promote gender equilaty and family mainstreaming. T

o do so, Dato Hj Hamid said that Brunei conducts awareness programmes and roadshows throughout the country to underscore the importance of family.

He went on to say that the establishment of Special Committee on Family Institution and Women was also another measure that government has initiated.

The committee, he explained, is tasked to formulate policies, legislations and plans of actions in addressing issues on women, children and family institution.

The Brunei Times