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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Care Is An Economic Issue: Addressing Gender Inequalities in Care Work

Ipek Ilkkaracan is Professor of Economics at Istanbul Technical University, a founding member of Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways and a member of IWRAW Asia Pacific’s advisory committee. She coined the term ‘purple economy’ to convey the need for an economic model which recognises care work. Without it, the sustainability of […]

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Dispatch from Bali: Saying It Loud and Clear

Embed from Getty Images Writing from the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, our executive director Priyanthi Fernando reflects on two very different perspectives on the state of today’s world. In Christine Lagarde’s curtain raiser speech for the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings being held this week in Bali, the message is that the sun is […]

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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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Developed by IWRAW Asia Pacific, this evolving tool is to identify practical ways of linking the human rights framework and the sustainable development framework.

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CEDAW Sessions

Next CEDAW Session

71st CEDAW Session (October-November 2018): Bahamas, Congo, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Nepal, Samoa, Tajikistan, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Next Pre-Sessional Working Group

The 72 Pre-Sessional Working Group will take place from 23 July 2018 until 27 July 2018. The CEDAW committee will consider the State reports of Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Botswana, Colombia, Ethiopia, Serbia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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GOOD NEWS: #Vietnam women's human rights defender & blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Mother Mushroom) has been released. She had been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for her activism and jailed miles from her family https://t.co/vykZiuVxZj https://t.co/WKiPf7Az8l IWRAW_AP photo
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The ILHR fellowship program is a gem @nyulaw that’s been running for over 15 years. Impossible not to feel proud when listening to our fellows Nikta, @tb1933 & Julia Chen share their experiences with @IWRAW_AP @un @LAC_Namibia https://t.co/pFGG576m1u
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Our International Law and Human Rights Fellowship Program gives @nyulaw students the opportunity to gain practical experience with leading human rights organizations around the world. Apply by November 4. Learn more: https://t.co/m5ssJJYEyg https://t.co/w32G0IAlYm IWRAW_AP photo
7 hours ago
An instrumental approach to gender equality as a means to achieve economic growth, while ignoring corporate human rights abuses, will only further entrench gender discrimination, poverty & labour exploitation.

Sign the #Feminists4BindingTreaty statement→ https://t.co/yKoWF2e04R https://t.co/jvxGzx0GNA
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15 hours ago
Lxs Feministas por un #TratadoVinculante rechazamos las versiones neoliberal y corporativa del feminismo que refuerzan fundamentalmente la naturaleza explotadora del trabajo de las mujeres en el capitalismo.

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23 hours ago
What are the challenges to achieving women's human rights in #Iraq? Where do #SustainableDevelopment and the #SDGs come in? Watch our short interview with Eman Abdalrehman Hussuin of the Women Leadership Institute: https://t.co/bYMQeZghtX https://t.co/uFsvTYgWoz
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