Thank you for participating as a China Conference: Southeast Asia (CCSEA) delegate, scheduled for February 18-19, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. We would like to share updates about our event with you.
We have been carefully monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus, the recommendations by the World Health Organization, as well as health and international travel advisories. In the interest of your safety, we are postponing the event. We will be in touch shortly with a new conference date.
We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to having you join our conference later this year.
Thank you very much.
In Asia, we have made some progress in the advancement of gender equality, women empowerment and leadership, thanks to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 and Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. But as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, progress has slowed or even reversed, causing fresh challenges to arise. Women face not only wage disparities, but also underrepresentation in leadership and in the workforce. Many women experience a disproportionate share of job losses in shecession (she-recession), working in industries that are vulnerable to lockdown measures such as retail, tourism, hospitality and entertainment or the informal economy. They also have to bear the brunt of unpaid care and domestic work, remote learning responsibilities, poverty and domestic violence as a result of school closures or quarantine measures. Researchers predict that the pandemic and its aftermath will roll back the economic gains made by women of past decades and reinforce existing disparities. What can policymakers and employers do to reverse shecession in China and Southeast Asia post Covid-19? Will the adoption of Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Beijing+25 Review move the gender equality agenda forward amid the current crisis? Will we see more gender-specific investments to help women-led businesses or SMEs survive in these unprecedented times?