IDEAS is a strategy that supports the capacity building (BCC) and advocacy based (ERR) strategies by the development of new knowledge in the use of CEDAW (its principles and substantive provisions) as a framework to promote and protect the human rights of women, collection and dissemination of information, especially focusing on application of CEDAW and on women’s human rights, and identify and ensure the most efficient use of new skills, tools and ways for advocacy on the human rights of women.
- Address the lack of information using CEDAW as the “framework” for women’s human rights by promoting better understanding of the Convention, its principles and the content of its provisions through publications projects and information dissemination.
- Develop/capture knowledge on new ways of using the CEDAW Convention especially in relation to new contexts and rights through publications projects, preliminary research and expert group meetings
- Dissemination and sharing of information by incorporating relevant materials at trainings/events, and through emails, website and listserv that aim to:
- Disseminate information on the work of international human rights treaties and mechanisms to our national partners working on women’s human rights
- Facilitate a two-way flow of information between mainstream human rights groups and women’s human rights groups to
- ensure that the international discourse on women's human rights, which is inclusive of varying contexts and experiences of marginalisation and oppressions continues to be addressed
- promote greater effectiveness & synergy in the work at all levels to eliminate discrimination against women.
- Support the Building Capacity for Change and Enhancing Realisation of Rights strategies through conducting background research, fact checking and quality control through external and peer review mechanisms, collating materials, editing and publishing reports, and holding an institutionalisation of knowledge gains through coordinating the annual report of the organisation.
In terms of specific activities this includes:
- Holding expert group meetings on specific emerging issues on the human rights of women toward developing conceptual clarity and to support advocacy needs.
- Coordinating and editing IWRAW Asia Pacific publications i.e. Occasional Papers Series, OP CEDAW Technical Papers Series, other technical tools, briefing papers, background information for various meetings and events.
- Responding to the needs of national partners by answering queries and information requests including on international laws, domestic legislations, case laws related to women’s rights and best practices in addressing varying contexts of claims for women’s human rights.
- Supporting the two key strategies of IWRAW Asia Pacific with information and first level research needs.
- Maintaining resource centre on CEDAW and human rights of women
- Maintenance of a website and knowledge portal on CEDAW, focusing specifically on the use of international mechanisms and CEDAW to advance the human rights of women,
- The moderation of discussions and dissemination of human rights-related information and coordinating action alerts to be disseminated, through IWRAW Asia Pacific’s dedicated electronic discussion lists (listservs) cedaw4change (public) and global2local (closed).
- Produce promotional/ informational materials and reports for the organisation and various programme activities.
For more details about Activities in 2009 go to Activities by Programme 2009