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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#CEDAW71: Reporting Back

The 71st session of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) took place from 22 October to 9 November 2018 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, during which the CEDAW committee carried out constructive dialogues with eight member states: Bahamas, Congo, Lao PDR, Macedonia, Mauritius, Nepal, Samoa and […]

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Post-Bali Reflections: The Insider Strategy

IWRAW Asia Pacific executive director Priyanthi Fernando looks back on her participation at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting and considers the pros and cons of engaging with neoliberal institutions. (Read her initial post from Bali: Saying It Loud and Clear.) In the hotel in Benoa, Bali, where I stayed with other Civil Society Forum participants, […]

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CEDEF Recommandation générale no 30 sur les femmes dans la prévention des conflits, les conflits et les situations d’après conflit: Lignes directrices relatives aux rapports parallèles

Ce document peut aider les groupes travaillant sur les droits des femmes et les organisations de la société civile, qui jouent un rôle prépondérant au sein des États fragiles ou aux prises avec des conflits.

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Four Things to Know about the Purple Economy

A two-page briefing paper outlining Professor Ipek Ilkkaracan’s vision of an economic model which recognises care work.

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A Feminist Approach to Economic Justice

This information brief highlights challenges such as the exploitation of labour and natural resources, the impact of business activities on human rights, and barriers to justice; and describes how IWRAW Asia Pacific works to overcome these obstacles.

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CEDAW Sessions

February-March 2019:

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Botswana, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ethiopia, Serbia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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July 2019:

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

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October-November 2019:

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

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Generations of #plantationworkers have propped up our economy by toiling under deplorable conditions from 6am-6pm, come rain or shine. Don’t the producers of the “Pure Ceylon Tea” we proudly boast of deserve a decent day’s wage at the very least? #1000wagehike✊🏽TODAY @ 3pm #lka https://t.co/eP6y9QXUQF IWRAW_AP photo
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"As food aid was going into #Ethiopia, food products were being exported out. I was simply curious to see how this could be the case. What I found was that lives were being destroyed" - director @JoaDem.

An illuminating film, joining the dots between #IFIs & human rights abuses. https://t.co/65kSHz7vI9
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Dead Donkeys Film @DeadDonkeysFilm
Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas is 1 of 15 films selected to #GreenpeaceFilmFestival this year! The festival takes place 100 % online, so until Jan 28 you can watch films with #environmental themes for free. DDFNH is also up for the People's Award. Please vote for us! #landgrabbing https://t.co/WHZj6Od1In
23 hours ago
Deeply moving testimonies shared at @womensaidorg's event, spanning domestic violence, nationality rights, unilateral conversion, refugees, FGM, migrant domestic workers, transphobia, and child marriage; and with a speech from our founding member @sankarankoil. #cedawmalaysia
1 day ago
Good morning! Stay tuned for live tweets of the launch of our NGO report at 10.45am this morning! #cedawmalaysia #agendagender
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This morning, @womensaidorg launch their report, The Status of Women's Human Rights: 24 Years of #CEDAW in #Malaysia. Live video: https://t.co/h2fu5Z9zby