International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific is a feminist organisation committed to the full realisation of women's human rights through the pursuit of equality.
We act to disrupt structures, systems and institutions that violate women's human rights, and we engage in movement building that amplifies women’s voices and activism to create alternative political narratives and spaces.

From the Blog

“The Police Are Our Real Pimps”: Violence against Sex Workers in the Philippines

On the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (17 December), Sharmila Parmanand discusses the intersections of violence in the Philippines against sex workers and against people who use drugs. Sex workers in the Philippines experience many harmful effects of the war on drugs. It has increased the power of the police over sex […]

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When Illegality is the Starting Point: Refugees and Domestic Violence in Malaysia

“She showed up with fresh, open wounds. She’d been beaten really badly … but we couldn’t do much. We gave her immediate medical treatment, but then we had to send her back where she came from,” my friend said to me, recalling one of the more disillusioning moments of his time spent volunteering with UNHCR’s […]

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Strengthening Implementation of CEDAW: Review of the StIC Project

The Strengthening Implementation of CEDAW (StIC) project, addressing women’s economic, social and cultural rights; access to justice; and the Sustainable Development Goals, was initiated to promote the regional feminist agenda in South and Southeast Asia, with a national-level focus on Bangladesh, Nepal, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. This video (10:12) contextualises the project and outlines its achievements.

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Towards a Strengthened UN Treaty Body System: Civil Society Proposals

This Joint NGO Proposal seeks to strengthen the effectiveness of the treaty body system by promoting regular and predictable human rights reviews for all States and increased implementation of recommendations, whilst reinforcing one treaty body system, which is accessible to rights holders and civil society. This Proposal has been the subject of numerous consultations in Geneva, including with national and regional NGOs.

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CEDAW Sessions

February 2020:

Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Eritrea, Kiribati, Latvia, Moldova, Pakistan, Zimbabwe

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June-July 2020:

Bahrain, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Panama

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October-November 2020:

Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay, Yemen

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Twitter Feed

“This law was written by men and interpreted by men and adopted by men, and men are enforcing the law. This is leading to sexual discrimination.” A woman has been charged in Cambodia for posting 'revealing' photos of herself online:

Unravelling power dynamics and patriarchy's role in inequality and discrimination against sex workers - read @apnsw's post on our jointly held regional workshop on #CEDAW activism to advance sex workers' rights: #RightsNotRescue #Decrim

#KingdomNL nominated Prof. Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen (@CDettmeijer) as candidate for the @UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (#CEDAW) for 2021-2024. Elections taking place in June 2020 at #UNHQ New York.