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The EU will host the 12th Summit of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM12) in Brussels on 18-19 October 2018, with as theme “Global partners for global challenges”. The ASEM12 Summit will be chaired by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and the President the European Commission, as well as Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will also be in attendance. ASEM partner countries will be represented by their Heads of State or Government as well as the other institutional partner ASEAN by its Secretary General, .
The new EU-ASEAN Blue Book 2018 was launched in Jakarta today. It demonstrates the success and benefits of the close cooperation between the EU and ASEAN countries, and that joining forces will contribute to prosperity, stability and security for all. The High Representative Federica Mogherini, co-chairing the annual Post-Ministerial Conference between the EU and ASEAN in Singapore, presented the book to the Foreign Ministers of Thailand and Singapore.
According to estimates, 10 million of the 20.2 million migrants globally that originate from ASEAN are women, with fewer options for women for regular migration. Women are in high numbers in domestic and care work – but also in construction, manufacturing, agriculture and services. Labour and migration frameworks tend to be gender-blind while high rates of physical and sexual violence against women in the ASEAN region are recorded. Violence acts as both a push and pull factor for women migrants. Women are particularly vulnerable to violence and trafficking throughout the migration cycle.