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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What Do We Mean When We Talk About Trafficking?

By Ishita Dutta   In January this year in Bangkok, I had the privilege of meeting with and learning from the experiences of 40 experts invested in ending trafficking in women. They represented over 25 countries but, as happens often in ‘global’ advocacy spaces, we had one expert carrying all of Latin America on their […]

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Making the Case for Gender-Responsive Transport Infrastructure

By Priyanthi Fernando CSW63 has as its priority theme “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. Within this very broad theme, ‘sustainable infrastructure’, and its impact on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment, is probably the most challenging for women’s rights […]

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Shadow Report Guidelines on Women’s Right to Work and Women’s Rights at Work

This guide refers to the CEDAW, ICESCR and ILO conventions and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It also specifically addresses the rights of women factory workers, domestic workers, plantation workers and more.

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The Colombo Declaration

The Colombo Declaration on the Role of the Judiciary in Advancing Women’s Right to Equality in Marriage and Family Relations was adopted by participants in IWRAW Asia Pacific’s regional judicial colloquium on access to justice for women’s right to equality in the context of the family, held in Colombo in March 2019.

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Not Without Us: Women’s Rights Activists from the Middle East and North Africa Call for Sustainable Development Centered on Human Rights

Outcome document of the February 2018 Middle East and North Africa regional consultation of the Global South Women’s Forum on Sustainable Development, connecting women’s human rights with the Sustainable Development Goals in the MENA context. Also available in Arabic.

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CEDAW Sessions

July 2019:

Austria, 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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🚨 URGENT: Where is JUSTICE for Adelina? Adelina Sao, 21, was found sleeping with the dog outside her employer's home, her body covered in burn marks. She was rescued, but died of organ failure. Yesterday, her employer was acquitted. We are outraged. Where is #JusticeForAdelina?

"This is the reality of human rights work: a myriad of unnecessary complexities that bring dignity to many but not ourselves." Writing for @SexRightsAfrica, Dumiso Gatsha discusses capitalism, power dynamics and civil society: https://t.co/VVMmA5x9FX

Build transnational solidarity! Women’s human rights defenders from around the world are invited to participate in the #CEDAW South to South Institute, 25 July - 2 August in Trinidad & Tobago: https://t.co/CZn2JSKuvs