Boosting policies on violence against women, children
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI plans to strengthen and develop national policies towards the elimination of violence against women and children, said the chair of the ASEAN Commission on Women and Children (ACWC).
Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Kassim said the ACWC, which Brunei chairs until the end of 2016, recently held consultations with civil society organisations from across Southeast Asia to discuss a “regional plan of action” (RPA) to combat violence against women and children.
“Brunei will definitely benefit from a number of activities proposed under the RPAs,” she said. “Activities like development of quality standard, performance standard, guidelines can become a basis of any initiative Brunei intends to develop.
“We don’t have to start from fresh, we can just adopt the formulated policies and shape it to national requirement. There are eight actions under the RPAs and under each of these action plans there will be a number of activities and priority areas.”
Under the RPA for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the commission said Brunei needs to further educate women on their rights with regard to domestic violence; and should enhance capacity building in gender mainstreaming, such as having a gender responsive budget, as well as having gender responsive policy analysis and advocacy.
With regards RPA for the Elimination of Violence against Children, the ACWC said the country needs better sex disaggregated data and statistics; more expertise on children with disabilities; and to increase awareness of children’s rights.
The Brunei Times