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The Network for Social Democracy in Asia:  2016 Highlights

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia: 2016 Highlights

Following in the footsteps of years of dynamism and productivity, 2016 saw Socdem Asia spearheading various activities and publications with a focus on grassroots democracy in Asia, energy security, gender equality, and building open and safe societies in an age of terror and strongman populism. The year saw Socdem Asia organizing major events, which gathered leading progressive thinkers and activists from the Asian region and beyond. This year also had focused on capacitating activists at different level on campaigning, political management and inclusive policy development work. Without a question, the year was a difficult one for progressives around the world...

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Socdem Asia hosts Conference on Energy Security:  Advancing a Progressive Response to the Energy Challenge

Socdem Asia hosts Conference on Energy Security: Advancing a Progressive Response to the Energy Challenge

With energy security being a persistent programmatic thrust of Socdem Asia, the network brought together members of political parties, think tanks, civil society organizations, diplomatic community, and government officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany and the Philippines in a dialogue about shifting to more rene wable sources of energy. The conference which was held earlier this November was housed in Discovery Primea, Makati Philippines.  It was made possible through the cooperation of Socdem Asia, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Active Citizenship Foundation.    The conference sought to weigh-in lessons from national and international experiences that will help inform a progressive energy security agenda.  It also...

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Socdem Asia Statement on Closing the Gender Gap

Socdem Asia Statement on Closing the Gender Gap

Much has been achieved in the advancement of women’s rights in the fields of public service, business, academe, arts and culture. Such advancement was the fruit of the persistent struggle of the women whose defiance to break successive glass ceilings was often met with scorn, disdain and violence. It is true that in some societies the women’s movements have already brought their countries to greater progress while in others the challenges to empowerment persist and the struggles continue to play out. Therefore, as progressives and feminist women and men, we commit to join together to contribute in closing the gender...

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Closing the Gender Gap

Closing the Gender Gap

Women make up half the talent base of each nation, making it self-evident that any given country's success and development depends on wheter women are given an equal voice in society and political representation as well as equal employment opportunities.A country that values its girls and women as much as boys and men, invests in their health and education, provides opportunities to participate in the economy and encourages them to be involved in its politics, will benefit from the inclusion and the equality.Greater female representation in the public sector and labour markets increases productivity, reduces poverty and makes for a...

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Building Open and Safe Societies for All

Building Open and Safe Societies for All

Countering Right-wing Populism The right-wing populists that promote xenophobia, fundamentalism and violent radicalization seem to be on the rise and winning the debate in Europe, USA and South East Asia. Political and economic marginalization aggravated by the financial crises in different continents since the 90’s have contributed to undermine established political leaders and stirred popular discontent. Many voters responded by electing maverick politicians who promised to target corruption, establish fresh agendas and radically solve all problems. In many cases, populist leaders based their appeal on the frustrations and aspirations of groups excluded from political power or afraid of the current socio-economic...

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SOCDEM Asia facilitates Youth Leadership Training in Timor Leste:  “ Building Strength, Spreading the progressive agenda”

SOCDEM Asia facilitates Youth Leadership Training in Timor Leste: “ Building Strength, Spreading the progressive agenda”

The Network of Social Democracy in Asia (Socdem Asia) provides a platform for developing progressive discourse and deepening the practice of democratic values amongst sister political parties, progressive politicians, academicians and activists within the region. Regular regional conferences are convened to discuss pressing crosscutting issues and develop alternative and progressive...

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SOCDEM Asia Conducts Training for Young Politicians in Southeast Asia

SOCDEM Asia Conducts Training for Young Politicians in Southeast Asia

SOCDEM Asia gathered 20 young politicians from Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor Leste and the Philippines for Political Management Training. The program, in pilot run, was a 5-day training for young progressive leaders that aimed (1) to provide capacity-building training on political management for young progressives; (2) to provide a platform for...

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Statement on the ASEM summit: More decent jobs, increased equality and a better climate

Statement on the ASEM summit: More decent jobs, increased equality and a better climate

In the last two decades, the vast regions of Asia and Europe have moved closer to each other, resulting in the establishment of a number of cooperation and coordination mechanisms, including the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Bringing together the 28 members of the European Union (EU), the 10 members of the...

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SocDem Asia launches Regional Partnership Project with SDP in Kathmandu

SocDem Asia launches Regional Partnership Project with SDP in Kathmandu

“A Social Democratic Asia: Strengthening Inclusive Policy Formulation” a regional partnership project between SocDem Asia and the Danish Social Democratic Party (SDP) was formally launched in Kathmandu, Nepal on the 28th of August 2016.   The project, supported through the Danish Institute of Parties and Democracy (DIPD), intends to develop national programme...

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Joint Statement of SOCDEM Asia and the Progressive Alliance about the Imprisonment of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

Joint Statement of SOCDEM Asia and the Progressive Alliance about the Imprisonment of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

  We, as progressive political parties in both government and opposition worldwide, are deeply concerned about the imprisonment of Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. His case raises internationally worrying questions about the independence of the judiciary and rule of law in Malaysia.   The selective and politically motivated prosecution of members of the...

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