Manila, 15 November 2021 (TDI): Australia and Vietnam co-organized Second ASEAN-Australia Women, Peace, and Security Dialogue (WPS). It was a hybrid conference due to the ongoing pandemic.

Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, the Philippines Ambassador to ASEAN highlighted the importance of mainstreaming women’s peace and security agenda in all three pillars of ASEAN. In her speech during the event, she said that “We have already done this before for ASEAN connectivity we can again do it WPS”.

During the virtual conference, she enunciated that gender deserves the limelight in WPS; in strategic policy planning like other ASEAN apparatus. The Ambassador is of the point view that ASEAN Women for Peace Registry (AWPR) should engage in peace and resolution endeavors in the region.

She emphasized in her speech that AWPR should have the power to interact with the ministers and top leaders of ASEAN to propose ideas in the same way other factions of ASEAN are allowed. Furthermore, she also said that AWPR should strive to have rack brains and team bonding activities.