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.

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An Organisational Update from IWRAW Asia Pacific

Dear IWRAW-AP community, Over the past two years, IWRAW-AP has been through several processes as part of our commitment to growth and change. During this period, we have drawn on our rich legacy and contribution to a groundswell of women’s human rights activism regionally and globally. At the end of 2022, we completed an organisational […]

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‘Grateful and privileged’: A farewell from Priyanthi Fernando

Dear colleagues in IWRAW AP’s wider circle of partners, friends, and supporters, You would have been alerted in different ways that I am transitioning out of IWRAW AP as its executive director. The social media posts have made some very positive statements about IWRAW AP’s journey over the seven years of my tenure, and I […]

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Promoting the Equality of Women: IWRAW Asia Pacific’s Journey

IWRAW Asia Pacific’s founder Shanthi Dairiam details the rich history of her work in establishing IWRAW AP as a Global South-centric feminist organisation, bringing women’s realities into international human rights standards through engaging with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and its framework on substantive equality. Throughout the years of her activism, Shanthi’s efforts has galvanised the women’s rights movement globally to demand their human rights at the highest level, a vision that IWRAW Asia Pacific still holds close 30 years since our inception.

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Universalising Gender Equality Norms: CEDAW’s critical role in protecting women’s SOGIESC rights

IWRAW Asia Pacific’s white paper rebuts the anti-gender movement’s so called ‘gender ideology’ and expounds the fact that human rights—especially women’s rights—on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sexual characteristics (SOGIESC) is a protected category within international human rights law as set out by the UN Treaty Body system.

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CEDAW Sessions

87th CEDAW Session

Central African Republic, Djibouti, Greece, Italy, Niger, Oman, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan (January-February 2024)

89th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Belize, Chad, Congo, Cyprus, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Viet Nam (February 2024)

88th CEDAW Session

Brazil, El Salvador, Estonia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore (May 2024)

90th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Botswana, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Malta (June 2024)

89th CEDAW Session

Benin, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Japan, Lao PDR, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia (September-October 2024)

91st CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Algeria, Austria, Grenada, Qatar, Togo, Zambia (October 2024)

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Our penultimate session at #GSWF2023 will address anti-Blackness at borders, with a particular focus on migrant women from Haiti.

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Next today at #GSWF2023! @ReproRights will take us through the nuances of transnational surrogacy.

Join via Zoom to access Hindi, Khmer and Nepali interpretation, and live captions in English:

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Last chance! Join Celia Finch and Hannah Jambunathan of @IDCAsiaPacific to learn about the intersections of gender, immigration detention, and alternatives to detention. This #GSWF2023 session will not be livestreamed, so sign up now!

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