Standing Committee on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Lord, Fusitu'a, Member of Parliament, Tonga, Standing Committee on Population and Development
Hon. Ms, Jo Hayes, Member of Parliament, New Zealand,

The past decades have witnessed a steadily increasing awareness of the need to address the issue of gender equality and women's empowerment. Numerous measures have been adopted in various countries to increase social, economic and political equity, and broaden access to fundamental human rights. Despite the progress and increasing awareness, however, profound inequalities still remain in many societies, and violence against women and girls is rampant at alarmingly high levels across all regions.

This Standing Committee's main purpose is to share knowledge, advocate and exchange experiences among its members to advance gender equality and women's empowerment across the region. Members of this Standing Committee will be informed of progress and provide guidance to the gender-related activities of AFPPD.

Standing Committee on Investing in Youth

Hon. Ms., Dina Mahalaxmi Upadhyay, Member of Parliament, Nepal, Chairperson of NFPPD
Hon. Ms., Khayriniso Yusufi, Member of Parliament, Tajikistan, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Social Issues, Family and Health Care

The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than 60 per cent of the world's young people aged 15 to 24. They are irreplaceable human resources for the future, key agents for social change, and driving force for economic development and technological innovation. However, the full potential of many young people across the region remains untapped as they still face obstacles in access to education, healthcare, employment and civil participation.

Members of this Standing Committee are expected to examine and advocate on issues which affect young people, and share policy options and recommendations with other member countries to achieve sustainable human development. Through joint action and targeted policies, members of the Standing Committee will highlight parliamentarians' role and responsibility in safeguarding the rights, needs and aspirations of young people.

Standing Committee on Active Ageing

Hon. Prof., Keizo Takemi, Member of Parliament, Japan, Chairperson of AFPPD
Hon. Dr., Wang Longde, Member of Parliament, China, Vice-Chairperson of AFPPD

The Asia-Pacific region is currently home to over half of the world's elderly population.The number of older persons in the region is expected to triple from 438 million in 2010 to more than 1.26 billion by 2050. This demographic transition towards an ageing society in the Asia-Pacific region has deep social, economic and political implications.

In light of the above, the Standing Committee on Active Ageing was established with the aim of promoting healthy and active ageing and protecting the rights of older persons through policies and legal frameworks. The Standing Committee is expected to provide guidance and lead advocacy efforts on issues related to older persons, which may include strengthening social protection, enhancing healthcare for healthy life expectancy, as well as addressing the specific needs of older women.