First 100 Days of UN Women
In a recent announcement, UN Woman head together with GEAR representatives called on civil society organisations to make suggestions and recommendations for the first 100 days of work. The recommendations should provide what civil societies hope to see in terms of direction, focus, measures for successes and structures when working at national and regional levels.
IWRAW Asia Pacific responds to this call for recommendations in the statement below:
Vacancies at IWRAW Asia Pacific
We are looking for an individual with strategic thinking and management strengths with at least 10 years of related work experience, half of which should have been spent in this region. Applicants need to possess an honours/postgraduate degree in social sciences or law with a keen interest and involvement in NGO work and women's rights. She must also be willing to be based in Kuala Lumpur for at least 2-3 years and travel extensively.
Please refer to this advertisement for further details
Campaign on the use and ratification of OP CEDAW
Tell us how you did it! Strategies for Ratification of CEDAW and the Optional Protocol to CEDAW
As you would know, IWRAW Asia Pacific is the coordinator
of a Global Campaign towards the ratification and use of the Optional
Protocol to CEDAW - Our Rights Are Not Optional! Global
Campaign for the Ratification and Optimal Use of the OP CEDAW.
An important part of the work under the campaign is to support women's
groups lobbying for ratification of the OP CEDAW.
2. If your country has ratified the OP CEDAW, what do you think really motivated the government to ratify?
3. What is the ratification process in your country and how did you influence this process?
4. What strategies did you use (or are you using) to push for ratification? e.g. petitions, targeting of key ministry officials such as foreign affairs, justice national machinery for women, friendly MPs, media, community awareness raising/building up grassroots support, etc
5. Which organs/parts of government did you engage with? Before engaging, what sort of preparation did you have to do?
6. What arguments did you use to convince the government that they should ratify? What worked and what did not work?
7. What other actors did you engage with? Why did you choose to engage with them?
8. Which actors opposed your work and on what grounds? And which helped?
9. What were some of the obstacles you faced in pushing for ratification?
10. What were the opportunities that supported ratification in your context?
11. How long did it take for your government to decide to ratify the OP CEDAW (length of the campaign)? If your government has still not ratified, how long have women’s groups been lobbying for the government to ratify?
12. If your state has now ratified:
13. If your state still refuses to ratify, what reasons
are they giving and what are the follow-up actions you will be taking?
We would also welcome experiences of successful lobbying
for ratification of other instruments relating to women's rights including
CEDAW as well as your experiences lobbying for the removal of reservations
43rd CEDAW Session, IWRAW Asia Pacific Thematic Briefing
At the 43rd CEDAW session this past January 2009,
we jointly organised a thematic briefing on women and armed conflict
for the CEDAW Committee, with WILPF, IWTC and the Movement of Indigenous
Women Tz´ununija, Guatemala.
IWRAW Asia Pacific at 53rd session of CSW
During the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, IWRAW Asia Pacific and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) co-organised a workshop in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of CEDAW.
Celebrating 30 Years of CEDAW: Achievements and Continuing Challenges Towards the Realisation of Women's Human Rights was held on 9th March 2009. Speakers at the workshop were: Sunila Abeysekera (IWRAW Asia Pacific), Charlotte Bunch (Centre for Women’s Global Leadership), Dubravka Šimonovic (CEDAW Committee member), Lee Waldorf (UNIFEM), Rhonda Copelon (Human Rights Law Clinic, New York University), Sindi Medar-Gould (Boabab for Women’s Human Rights), Heisoo Shin (former CEDAW Committee member), Rebecca Brown (ESCR-Net) and Grace Poore (IGLHRC)..
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Request for gender Equality Laws
We are trying to update our collection of gender equality laws from around the globe and we hope you will be able to supply us with these or point us to any resources. An English version is preferred, but please do send versions in your original language or any other language as well.
Therefore we would like to know:
If you are sending any large documents please send
them to email@example.com
so as not to burden the listserv. We will eventually be placing them
all on our website for public access.
IWRAW Asia Pacific attending AWID 2009,South Africa
This is an alert to let you know that IWRAW Asia
Pacific will be participating at this years AWID Conference which
happens from November 14-17, 2008, at the Cape Town International
Convention Center. This years theme is "the power of movements".
New Executive Director at IWRAW Asia Pacific
The Board of Directors of IWRAW Asia Pacific is very
pleased to introduce our new Executive Director, Ms Sunila Abeysekera,
who assumed duties on April 14, 2008. She takes over from Ms. Tulika
Srivastava, who had assumed responsibilities for directing IWRAW Asia
Pacific during a one year transition period from 2007-2008.
Sunila is closely associated with the Asia Pacific
Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD), SANGAT (the South Asian
Network of Gender Activists and Trainers), the Asian Forum for Human
Rights and Development (Forum Asia), The Urgent Action Fund for Women’s
Human Rights and is a key partner in the Coalition for Women Human
Rights Defenders and in the Feminist Dialogues process. She is a member
of the global Civil Society Organizations Committee of the UNDP Administrator
and was awarded the UN Human Rights Prize in 1998 for her work on
human rights in the Asia-Pacific region.
We are confident that Sunila will lead IWRAW Asia Pacific effectively towards fulfilling its vision and mission of advancing the protection of women’s human rights across the world.
We invite you to join us in welcoming her.
The 1st Universal Periodic Review will be concluding this Friday, 18 April 2008.
IWRAW Asia Pacific has been following the review of Indonesia, Philippines and India closely. No doubt those of you who were at the review would have met our representative, Rea Chiongson.
We are sharing with you the reaction of various NGOs via press releases and statements made throughout the review, in relation to the review of Indonesia, Philippines and India. We hope you will find this information useful and it can help to inform your work and follow up advocacy back home.
We would also like to refer you to the “UPR Monitor” prepared by the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR). The UPR Monitor provides a brief review of the main documents provided as the basis for each country under review, and highlights the main issues discussed in the interactive dialogue, the questions put to the State, and the recommendations made. This can be accessed by country at http://www.ishr.ch/ (click on the following: Human Rights Monitor – Council Monitor – Universal Periodic Review – 1st session).
Please do keep us updated on any follow up activity to the UPR.