Project profile — Empowering women for sustainable peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN


UN Women (41146)
2021-02-24 - 2025-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Far East Asia, regional (100.00%)


• Justice, law and order policy, planning and administration:
Justice, law and order policy, planning and administration (15131) (15.00%)
Human rights (15160) (50.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (35.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to advance and strengthen the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) It also seeks to prevent violence against women and promote regional social cohesion. Over the next five years, the implementing partner - UN Women will support ASEAN to become a knowledge and innovation centre on women, peace and security (WPS) and lead the advancement of the WPS agenda in the region. The programme’s primary beneficiaries include women and girls in ASEAN, particularly those vulnerable to violence, conflict and crisis in the region. The immediate beneficiaries include the ASEAN Secretariat and relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies, ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC). It also includes Member States of ASEAN (duty bearers) and gender advocates, civil society women’s organizations and associations at regional and national levels (rights holders).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased access to gender and women, peace and security (WPS) expertise by ASEAN Secretariat and inter-sectoral bodies to develop regional policies on WPS and related frameworks; (2) ASEAN sectoral bodies and institutions have strengthened their capacity to implement the WPS agenda; (3) strengthened a regional platform for cooperation and advocacy among ASEAN Member States to promote good practices and evidence on WPS; and (4) increased the knowledge and capacity to test and upscale innovative approaches by ASEAN Member States to implement WPS agenda and conflict prevention at the national level.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN formally endorsed the project; (2) established the programme governance and management structure; (3) strengthened ownership of the programme by ASEAN Sectoral bodies and Member States; (4) identified the strategic priorities for the next five years and validated the 2022 work plan; (5) developed a communication and advocacy strategy and branding book; (6) developed and set up robust and meaningful monitoring and reporting systems, and monitoring and reporting; (7) strengthened UN coordination in the area of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and positioned UN Women as a strong convening entity on WPS among UN agencies; and (8) reaffirmed by ASEAN is the commitment to advance the WPS agenda in the region.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,000,000
Planned disbursement $1,700,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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