Community-based mediation is a proven alternative or complementary mechanism for resolving conflict and ensuring equal access to justice in countries that face a combination of capacity, time and cost, and social and cultural constraints that limit public access to formal legal services. In Asia, mediated dispute resolution has facilitated access to justice for the poor, women, and other marginalized communities and proven an effective method to reduce tensions which could otherwise fracture social relations between and within communities, exacerbate ongoing conflicts, or create new ones. The Asia Foundation has supported community mediation programs customized to local contexts in 16 countries across Asia for decades, operating in partnership with government in some places, supporting civil society initiatives in others, and facilitating collaboration between formal and informal actors.
9:30 am – 11:00 am EDT
12 East 49th Street (between 5th and Madison), Conference Room 18C (18th Floor), New York, NY Please bring a photo I.D. to check in at the security desk
The Asia Foundation invites you to a Lotus Circle Salon with Preeti Thapa, director of Justice and Governance in Nepal. She will offer an update on the Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment initiatives in Nepal with a special focus on the role of women in promoting justice and peace. In Nepal, The Asia Foundation’s programs work to transform conflict, support subnational governance, strengthen women’s leadership, promote economic governance and enhance regional discourse on environmental resilience and human security.
Preeti Thapa is a U.S.-trained lawyer with 19 years of experience in law and law-related fields, gender, peacebuilding, and governance. She is a mediator and certified master trainer in interest-based mediation. She is an active member of a small community of mediation professionals in Nepal. She has worked to develop and institutionalize community mediation programs in 14 districts through five partner NGOs. Preeti has helped train more than 4,000 community mediators, one-third of whom are women.
Please register for this event using the form below.
The Asia Foundation Lotus Circle & the Sausalito Woman’s Club presents a conversation featuring
Jane Sloane, Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation.
Sloane will talk about her journey to this global work in support of women human rights defenders and a global citizen movement, including what has sustained and inspired her own work as an activist and advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.
Space is limited. Please register for this FREE event by September 25:
The Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes prominent Asian leaders for a lifetime of achievement in government, business, and academia. The Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, former grantee and chair of The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, who is widely respected for his accomplishments in science, higher education, and U.S.-Asia relations.
The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program brings together exceptional individuals who are shaping Asia’s future. Twelve emerging leaders are selected each year to join a vibrant community of changemakers working on the frontlines to address the region’s most pressing development challenges.
Amanda Minami and David K. Chao Family Fund
Jerome and Thao Dodson
Bill and Mary Kim
Timothy Kochis and Penelope Wong
Janet and Clint Reilly
Suzanne E. Siskel and Peter Gajewski
Lucinda B. Watson
David D. and Sherry Arnold
William H. Draper III
McKinsey & Company
Asian Art Museum
Winnie C. Feng
William P. Fuller
Lisa M. Lum
Bishop William E. and Mary Swing
The Tien Family
Marsha Vande Berg
Judith F. Wilbur
The Young Lotus Circle is a diverse group of young professionals, working to benefit The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. Through social events and fundraisers, the Young Lotus Circle raises funds to improve the social, economic, and political opportunities for girls and women across developing Asia. We hope you will join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, culture, and mingling. The evening is hosted by Lotus Circle Advisor Lin Jamison with her husband Stephen Jamison. Dress is cocktail attire.
The 6th Young Lotus Circle Soiree Host Committee
Emily Chang & Michael Wong
Gauri & Nick Gidwani
Xinyu Shannon Pan
Deshi & Neil Singh
Calvin Tse & Cynthia Zhang
Leo & Valerie Wong
Globally, women experience gender-based violence at pandemic rates. About one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner. Despite variation between and within countries, rates of violence against women and girls are staggering across all settings and affect women of all socio-economic backgrounds. Asia is no exception. According to UNFPA, the proportion of women in Asia who have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the past 12 months ranges from 4 percent in Japan to 46 percent in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. Economic violence, emotional abuse, and sexual harassment are also endemic, with significant costs to women who experience this violence and to society at large. These, however, are often left out of data collection efforts as well as legal protections. Compounding this problem is the limited understanding of how gender-based violence against women intersects with other forms of violence, particularly in conflict-affected settings, and the implications this has on efforts to accurately measure prevalence and advance effective prevention and response measures.
Join experts from The Asia Foundation and the World Bank as they discuss these issues and share findings from new studies on The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia and Global and Regional Trends in Women’s Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment.
Featuring Adrian Morel, Acting Regional Director, Conflict and Development, The Asia Foundation Sofia Shakil, Pakistan Country Representative, The Asia Foundation Paula Tavares, Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, The World Bank Group
Moderator Barbara Rodriguez, Associate Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation
The Lotus Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to the well-being of women and their communities in Asia. The San Francisco Awards Dinner will honor Akie Abe for her commitment to advancing women’s empowerment in Japan and Asia, notably in Myanmar; and Colorful Girls, a grassroots organization empowering adolescent girls and supporting their contributions to public life in Myanmar.
The Awards are hosted annually by The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations that advance women’s rights and opportunities across Asia. The events draw hundreds of guests, including diplomats, business leaders, young professionals, members of the media, and the philanthropic community. Proceeds fund innovative projects to empower disadvantaged women and girls in 18 Asia-Pacific countries.
Akie Abe is the Chairperson of the Foundation for Social Contribution. In this role since 2014, she is an advocate for education, women’s empowerment, and international exchanges, notably in Myanmar. Mrs. Abe established “UZU Workshop,” a leadership and learning community that organizes panel discussions and other programs to support and advocate for women. Mrs. Abe is also engaged in organic rice farming initiatives in the city of Shimonoseki. She is married to Shinzo Abe, the current Prime Minister of Japan. Born in Tokyo, she received her master’s degree in Social Design Studies from Rikkyo University in 2011.
Colorful Girls is a grassroots organization in Myanmar empowering adolescent girls of all ethnicities with leadership skills to advocate for their rights. Powerful young women from Colorful Girls are overcoming enormous obstacles and becoming leaders to transform their own lives. One teenage Colorful Girl created a successful campaign to fight harassment of women on public buses in Yangon.
The recent escalation of attacks in Kabul underscores the crucial questions of security, economic stability and reconciliation that still confront President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, despite the significant progress Afghanistan has made. Those questions and other pressing issues facing the country are the subject of The Asia Foundation’s 2017 Survey of the Afghan People. Join The Asia Foundation at Global Centre for Pluralism on Monday, November 20, 2017 for the Foundation’s presentation of the findings and a discussion of the trends in citizens’ views over time.The findings of the 2017 Survey shed light on Afghan citizen’s views of security, the economy, essential services, corruption, justice, youth issues, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, the crucial roles women play in Afghan society and provide comparative data on women’s and men’s attitudes towards women’s rights and gender equality.
The findings of 13th annual survey are based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 10,000 Afghan citizens. This year’s survey includes several new questions on prisons and incarceration, as well as additional questions on migration, the Taliban, and ISIS/Daesh. Conducted across the country’s 34 provinces, the survey’s results since 2004 provide an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time for policymakers and the international community as well as leaders and the broader public in Afghanistan.
Featuring TabasumAkseer, Survey Director, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation Zach Warren, Survey and Research Advisor, The Asia Foundation
Moderator Diane Harper, Executive Director, Afghanistan, Global Affairs Canada
The findings of the 2017 Survey of the Afghan People shed light on the crucial roles women play in Afghan society and provide comparative data on women’s and men’s attitudes towards women’s rights, gender equality, the economy, the national mood, and security issues in Afghanistan. The results of The Asia Foundation’s 13th annual public opinion survey are based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 10,000 Afghan citizens across the country’s 34 provinces, and offer a unique opportunity to compare and analyze women’s and men’s perceptions. Join experts from The Asia Foundation and The George W. Bush Institute’s Afghan Women’s Project as they share findings from the 2017 Survey and reflect on the implications of this latest opinion data for women in Afghanistan and the country’s future.
Featuring Tabasum Akseer, Survey Director, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation Farhat Popal, Manager, Women’s Initiative, George W. Bush Institute Zach Warren, Survey and Research Advisor, The Asia Foundation
Moderator Palwasha L. Kakar, Senior Program Officer, Religion and Inclusive Societies, United States Institute for Peace
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The recent escalation of attacks in Kabul underscores the crucial questions of security, economic stability and reconciliation that still confront President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, despite the significant progress Afghanistan has made. Those questions and other pressing issues facing the country are the subject of The Asia Foundation’s 2017 Survey of the Afghan People. Join The Asia Foundation and co-host U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, November 14, for the Foundation’s presentation of the findings and a discussion of the trends in citizens’ views over time.
The findings of 13th annual survey emerge as the U.S. administration begins to carry out its new strategy toward South Asia. Survey results, based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 10,000 Afghan citizens, reveal their views on issues including security, the economy, essential services, corruption, justice, youth issues, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, gender equality and governance and political participation. This year’s survey includes additional questions related to migration and remittances, a significant issue for Afghanistan’s economy. Conducted across the country’s 34 provinces, the survey’s results since 2004 provide an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time for policymakers and the international community as well as leaders and the broader public in Afghanistan.
Featuring Tabasum Akseer, Survey Director, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation Zach Warren, Survey and Research Advisor, The Asia Foundation Ambassador Daniel F. Feldman, former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at the U.S. Department of State; Partner, Akin Gump; and Asia Foundation Trustee
Moderator Scott Worden, Director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace