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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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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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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Advancing Women’s Access to Justice in the Context of Labour Rights

IWRAW Asia Pacific organised a regional convening on women’s labour rights and access to justice in Bali, 21-23 May 2019. The convening brought together women’s rights organisations and labour unions, human rights and labour rights experts, justice sector actors and legal service providers to reflect on the challenges and explore the opportunities to advance women’s access to justice in the context of labour rights. This video provides an overview of the event with input from participants.

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Deklarasi Kolombo

Deklarasi tentang Peran Peradilan dalam Meningkatkan Akses Keadilan dan Hak-hak Perempuan untuk Kesetaraan dalam Keluarga. Di Indonesia rekomendasi ini khususnya ditujukan untuk menjadi pedoman bagi Hakim Pengadilan Agama dan Pengadilan Negeri yang berwenang memutus perkara sehubungan dengan perkawinan dan keluarga. Also available in English.

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CEDAW Sessions

October/November 2019:

Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Seychelles

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Twitter Feed

Tajassodat the zine compiles the voices of trans and non-binary activists from South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, who attended Qorras and @SexBodyRights' May 2019 convening in Nepal. View it here:

@YUWAtweets @YANSriLanka @Hidden_Pockets @TheYPFoundation @ARROW_Women @PLD_India @RESURJ @Account4All @susanafried @AWID @INBreakthrough @IntlWomen @SRHMJournal @Sida @Inspire_SRHR @KenyaSRHR @ReproRights @ICRWAsia @WeAreSama @Safe_Abortion @Abortion_Rights @SexualRights @tarshingo @Plan4Girls @mamacash @dasra @povmumbai @AgentsofIshq @IWRAW_AP @aahungngo What are the various forms of #discrimination faced by young people across #Asia? Here's a piece by our partner @ARROW_Women on conversations on advancing #SOGIESC rights in #AsiaPacific -

#FlawsInLaws #ChallengeCrim #rethinkFreedoms #reimagineRights

The @UN Human Rights Council will be appointing several new special procedures mandate holders at its next session in Feb-March 2020 - including a new SR on human rights defenders. List of openings & application instructions are here (deadline is Oct 17):