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

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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4 hours ago
"I would like to thank you for your efforts, for your courage, your persistence, your activism." #CEDAW Committee member Patricia Schulz acknowledges civil society's contributions to the CEDAW process: https://t.co/d1OCHExfvQ
4 hours ago
Diversity Dialogues and Orinam launch Transgender-Affirming Guidelines for Indian Workplaces on #TDOR #TDOR2018 https://t.co/iwlbHxS5ek @chennaipride @dhamini @PawanDhall
10 hours ago
This is an excellent resource for sex worker organisations around the world - outlining action you can take in international spaces, and allies you can approach for support https://t.co/Fnx7ioAr4N
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So you think the #SwedishModel [aka #NordicModel] is the gold standard? Think again - and read NSWP's latest resource "Rights-Affirming International Policies Relating to #SexWork"


#workersrights #humanrights #righttowork #stigma #health https://t.co/YLRnT2QAgM
1 day ago
On #TDoR2018 and all days, we stand with #trans communities around the world. We firmly oppose prejudice and stigma against trans people, and we work to dismantle the structural inequalities that impact their lives. https://t.co/sRVlq0neDg IWRAW_AP photo
2 days ago
An unequal division of unpaid care work perpetuates a cycle of gendered inequalities – something we hope that @IMFNews #statsforum will address today in its panel on economic welfare beyond GDP. #PurpleEconomy @ipek_ilkkaracan @ChancelLucas @wid_inequality @cepr_org
2 days ago
The #CareEconomy tends to be neglected in mainstream economic thinking. Watch our director @prifernando53’s comments on it at the @IMFNews/ @WorldBank annual meeting: https://t.co/h0ShNIOncs #statsforum #PurpleEconomy @ChancelLucas @DianeCoyle1859 @cepr_org @gabriel_zucman
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