ASEAN-EU Meeting On Gender Parity

Brunei Darussalam has made a statement that women play an important role in the development of the country and stressed that women are given high priority in the national agenda. The country also provides equal access for both gender in education, career paths and all industries and positions in line with our cultural norms. These matters were highlighted during the ASEAN-EU Meeting on Gender Parity: State of Play and Perspectives held via online yesterday.

The meeting was co-chaired by Yang Berhormat Dayang Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Awang Haji Abdul Rahman, a Member of the Legislative Council AND Marianne VIND, MEP, Vice-Chair Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN. The meeting was held at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

The meeting discussed on Gender Parity issue, which is a mutual interest in assessing the state of gender equality in a group, organisation or field. ASEAN and EU are comparable in terms of size of area, population and both have made commitments in advancing gender equality. At the same time, ASEAN and EU also face similar problems in efforts to increase or support gender parity. Towards achieving gender equality, four key areas have been identified namely Political Empowerment, Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Achievement; as well as Health and Survival.

The meeting also discussed practices and views on gender parity as well as the future plan. The meeting was attended by delegations from the Parliaments of ASEAN Countries and the European Parliament as well as several panellists from the European Institute for Gender Inequality, EU-ABC; and the ASEAN Youth Organisation, AYO. Also present were Members of the Legislative Council.

Source: Radio Television Brunei