ACWO is an institutional framework established to bring together women's voluntary organizations in the ASEAN region to work in concerted efforts towards the full integration of women in development. ACWO comprises the National Council of Women's Organizations in each ASEAN member country.
It is the regional forum for ASEAN women to exchange views / problems, and experiences, to assist in the implementation of strategies and programmes adopted by the ASEAN governments, for the enhancement of women's participation in both national and regional progress.
The First ACWO General Assembly was held in
Up to now, ACWO has convened 13 General Assemblies with various themes reflecting women’s concerns. Opening the 21st Century, ACWO has addressed:
The New Millennium, ASEAN Women Taking Stock and Moving Forward (May 2000,
Globalization - Economic, social and political empowerment (July 2002,
Elimination of Violence Against Women (July 2004,
ICT: e-commerce and e-government bringing a higher quality of life in ASEAN (September 2006,
Empowering women and expanding their participation in the globalized economy (November 2008, The
Enhancing women’s effective participation toward a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Asean (October 2010,