Jakarta, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today considers gender equality as one of the main issues in the process of forming a regional community by 2015.

Its general secretary, Le Luong Minh, said this here while inaugurating a training course to support the global campaign “Reaching one billion” aimed at ending violence against women.

Minh said the impetus of gender equality is an inseparable part of the programs and policies of the ASEAN and is one of the central objectives of a common regional community based on three pillars, politics and security, economy and society and culture.

The association with 10 member countries in 1988 issued a declaration on the promotion of women, and since 2004 joined fully in efforts to eliminate violence against females, promoting cooperation programs in this regard.

These include the systematic investigation, collection and dissemination of data analysis and other relevant information on the extent, nature and consequences of the phenomenon and the impact and effectiveness of policies of confrontation.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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