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The Asian Women’s Resource Exchange (AWORC) is an Internet-based women’s information service and network in Asia. It is an inititive geared towards developing cooperative approaches and partnerships in increasing access and exploring applications of new information and communication technologies (ICT) for women’s empowerment.

AWORC aims to help expand existing regional networks in the women’s movement, promote electronic resource-sharing, and build a regional information service that will support various women’s advocacies, specifically those that are very critical for the women in Asia.

AWORC aspires to contribute to global efforts to address gender disparity on the Internet. It is geared towards building and promoting sustainable Net literacy, and enhancing social activism among individual women and women’s organisations.

These include lobbying and awareness raising campaigns towards poverty alleviation, promotion of women’s human rights and over-all women’s empowerment as articulated in the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). AWORC seeks to provide avenues for women to develop skills in using new information and communication technologies to enhance their areas of work, and to use Internet facilities to provide greater access to information, analyses and resources to various sectors of women for solidarity building, strengthening gender analyses, and developing partnerships with other key actors.

AWORC resulted from a workshop organized by Isis International-Manila on 20-23 April 1998 to explore strategies for electronic resource sharing and networking among women's information and resource centers in the region. It is part of our continued effort to develop empowering information and communication models that strengthen the women’s movement in our region.

The representatives for the Asia region who will be included in the NGO coordinating committee, inputing at the Commission on the Status of Women Preparatory committee are (CSW PrepCom) are:

Patricia Licuanan, Chairperson,
South East Asia Watch (SEAWatch), Philippines
Tel: (63-2) 426-0169. Fax: (63-2) 924-6769.

Eileen Pittaway, Chairperson,
Australian National Committee on Refugee Women (ANCORW)
Tel: (61-2) 9649-4066. Fax: (61-2) 9662-8991

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