Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Organization's name: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
Headquarters address  
Address: 189/3 Changklan Road
Amphoe Muang
Chiang Mai 50100
Phone: +66 53 284 527, +66 53 284 856
Fax: +66 53 280 847
Web site:
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
  • English


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Agriculture
  • Citizenship and Governance
  • Climate Change
  • Coorporate Accountability
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culture
  • De-mining
  • Development
  • Disabled Persons
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Extreme poverty
  • Financing for Development
  • Food
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Information
  • International Law
  • Justice
  • Labour
  • Least Developed Countries
  • Migration
  • Minority Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Population
  • Private Sector
  • Refugees
  • Religion
  • Social Development
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Torture
  • Trade and Development
  • Violence
  • Water
  • Women
  • Women/gender Equality

Financing for Development:
  • Addressing systemic issues

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • Capacity building
  • Education and training of women
  • Human rights of women
  • Indigenous women
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women
  • Policy advice
  • Research
  • Violence against women
  • Women and armed conflict
  • Women and poverty
  • Women and the economy
  • Women and the environment
  • Women in power and decision-making

Social Development:
  • Conflict
  • Disabled persons
  • Employment
  • Indigenous issues
  • Poverty
  • Social policy

Sustainable Development:
  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Capacity-building
  • Climate change
  • Disaster management and vulnerability
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Gender equality
  • Indicators
  • Information for decision-making and participation
  • International cooperation for an enabling environment
  • International law
  • Major Groups
  • Means of Implementation (Trade, Finance, Technology, Tranfer, etc.)
  • Mining
  • Partnerships
  • Poverty
  • Protecting and managing the natural resources
  • Rural Development
  • Trade and environment
Geographic scope: Regional
  • Asia
  • Oceania
Country of activity:
  • Tonga
  • Cambodia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Kazakhstan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Samoa
  • Nepal
  • Republic of Korea
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Mongolia
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Timor-Leste
  • Viet Nam
  • Japan
  • Vanuatu
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Bangladesh
  • Tuvalu
  • Indonesia
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop global partnership for development
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1986
Year of registration (YYYY): 1986
Organizational structure: Our diverse membership provides the strength and expertise that both drives and executes our programme activities. APWLD is governed by a Programme and Management Committee comprised from a larger Regional Council of active members. Our Secretariat in Chiangmai carries out day to day operations and provides for programme implementation as well as financial and technical support.
Number and type of members: We have 200 organisational and individual members across 26 countries in Asia-Pacific. Approximately 60% of our members are organisational and 40% individual. Member organisations represent a diverse segment of women across legal, activist and academic arenas. This includes, but is not limited to; LGBTI women, indigenous women, migrant women, rural women, refugee women, women with disabilities, domestic workers, young women, past, present and aspiring parliamentarians, and CEDAW Committee members. Affiliations: APWLD is affiliated with several international and regional NGO networks. We co-convene the Southeast Asia Women’s Caucus on ASEAN (Regional); sit on the executive of the Women Human Rights Defender’s Coalition (International); and co-facilitate the United for Foreign Domestic Workers Rights Coalition (Regional). We are on several steering bodies which include the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition and Asian Consortium. APWLD is a member of the Global Facilitation Group of Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness and a member of the Better Aid Coordinating Group. We have numerous other regional and international affiliations which include International Migrants Association, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML), ISIS Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (ISIS-WICCE), Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Front Line and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).
Affiliation with NGO networks: see above
Funding structure:
  • Foreign and international grants

Additional Information

Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Women
  • Non-governmental organization