ISG was selected to perform a final evaluation of UN Women’s Regional Programme on Improving Women’s Human Rights in South-East Asia – CEDAW SEAP Phase II funded by DFATD Canada. The Evaluation aims to assess efficiency (including management of the programme efficiently, visibility of DFATD), effectiveness (including results achieved) and sustainability of the programme and provide recommendations for future programming directions to UN Women and DFATD.
The CEDAW SEAP Phase II programme aims to promote, through continuous dialogues and capacity development, policy and programmatic measures to ensure compliance by State Parties with the obligations set out in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The Programme also aimed to build an awareness of the centrality of CEDAW compliance to the achievement of the MDGs.
In the context of the political commitment to regional integration in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres under the ASEAN umbrella, the programme advances and facilitates regional processes for knowledge generation and exchange, stock taking at national and regional levels for furthering implementation of CEDAW in the region., The programme focuses on deepening awareness, knowledge of CEDAW among governments and civil society. This enhanced understanding and better knowledge is expected to translate into the continued incorporation of CEDAW principles in laws, policies and programmes. The Programme also focuses work with the justice system actors to use the Convention to provide better access to justice for women. A final aim of the programme is to support countries in South East Asia region in strengthening their accountability mechanisms to report on achievement of gender equality using the CEDAW Convention; including strengthening monitoring and reporting systems. The Programme supports regional peer-learning for governments and NGOs in collaboration with existing regional institutions or encourages the formation of new networks and forums.
Targeted support is provided to the following countries in South East Asia: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Leste. Myanmar was added to the regional programme at the end of 2012 and implementation of activities started in 2014. The programme initiatives are linked with the ongoing activities in the Programme UN Women’s Programme on Regional Mechanisms to Protect the Human Rights of Women and Girls in Southeast Asia; which works with two key ASEAN Human Rights Bodies.
The Goal/Ultimate Outcome of the programme is: “Reduced discrimination against women in Southeast Asia”. This is the highest-level change of state among women (the ultimate beneficiary) in the region that the programme aims to contribute to.