We at International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific envision a world in which everyone enjoys human rights and fundamental freedoms on the basis of equality, without discrimination on the grounds of sex or gender, and free of oppressive power relationships, with individuals and societies benefiting from sustainable and inclusive development.

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Go There to Come Back: Reflections from Botswana’s CEDAW Review

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett The crisp winter morning […]

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The Long Road to Workers’ Rights: The Struggle for Unionisation in Bangladesh

To improve conditions and benefits for staff, workers at Hoplun Apparels in Gazipur, Bangladesh, needed to register their union. But by law, at least 30 percent of the factory’s 6000-strong workforce needed to join it, with documents submitted to the Department of Labour. (In September 2018, this threshold was cut to 20 percent.) Nazma Akter, […]

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Shadow Report Guidelines on Women’s Right to Work and Women’s Rights at Work

This guide refers to the CEDAW, ICESCR and ILO conventions and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It also specifically addresses the rights of women factory workers, domestic workers, plantation workers and more.

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The Colombo Declaration

The Colombo Declaration on the Role of the Judiciary in Advancing Women’s Right to Equality in Marriage and Family Relations was adopted by participants in IWRAW Asia Pacific’s regional judicial colloquium on access to justice for women’s right to equality in the context of the family, held in Colombo in March 2019.

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Not Without Us: Women’s Rights Activists from the Middle East and North Africa Call for Sustainable Development Centered on Human Rights

Outcome document of the February 2018 Middle East and North Africa regional consultation of the Global South Women’s Forum on Sustainable Development, connecting women’s human rights with the Sustainable Development Goals in the MENA context. Also available in Arabic.

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CEDAW Sessions

July 2019:

Austria, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guyana, Mozambique, Qatar

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