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.

From the Blog

Through The Looking Glass: CEDAW sessions within a hybrid model

For the first time since the pandemic began, the CEDAW Committee met with the opportunity for in-person participation of both state delegates and NGOs. #CEDAW82 took place from 13 June to 1 July 2022 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee carried out constructive dialogues with eight states: Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, […]

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The exclusion of Malaysian women with ADHD

Like many other women’s issues in Malaysia, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Malaysian women is disregarded at varying levels. With little to no discourse on this matter, challenges faced by women with ADHD are swept under the rug. This blog post analyses the exclusion of women with ADHD in Malaysia in three parts. It explores the […]

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Engaging with the CEDAW Committee

A webinar organised on International Drug Users Remembrance Day 2022 by the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) to discuss how CEDAW can be utilised by drug user advocates to address human rights violations in their communities and amplify the specific impacts of drug policy on women and gender-diverse people who use drugs.

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CEDAW’a Kısa Bakış: Sonuçlarda Eşitlik İlkesi

A short animation with voiceover in Turkish, explaining CEDAW’s principle of substantive equality. Adapted by UN Women Türkiye from IWRAW Asia Pacific’s original in English.

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CEDAW Sessions

83rd CEDAW Session

Armenia, Belgium, Gambia, Honduras, Finland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, Ukraine (October 2022)

85th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Benin, Fiji, Guatemala, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Palestine, Singapore, Thailand (October-November 2022)

84th CEDAW Session

Bahrain, Djibouti, Georgia, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Norway, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovenia, Tunisia (February 2023)

86th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Argentina, Australia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago (February-March 2023)








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- Mariana, FADWU-PLU Hong Kong, speaking against the sponsorship system / "job-hopping" immigration policy that silences workers' abuses and exploitation #GSWF2022