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.

From the Blog

Romani Women’s Struggle for Human Rights

On International Romani Day (which falls on the 8th of April annually) we are featuring a blog by Senada Sali, a lawyer with the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest. Thank you Senada for sharing your story. My name is Senada Sali and I am a 26-year old Romani woman from Macedonia working as a […]

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Don’t Dilute the Impact of the Water Crisis

Natural Resources and World Water Day Natural resources are commonly defined as “commodities that are considered valuable in their natural form” but women’s human rights defenders (WHRDs) are challenging this term, with the constant reminder that it is the commodification of these resources that has led to a lot of the negative ramifications for women. […]

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Outcome Document of the 2017 Global South Women’s Forum on Sustainable Development

Women human rights defenders from across the Global South met in Kigali, Rwanda last year to continue strategizing on harmonizing the human rights framework with the sustainable development framework.

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Women’s Economic Rights in the ASEAN

Our partners from South East Asia share their experience of increased engagement in the ASEAN region, primarily through the review mechanism of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as an avenue to raise awareness of priority issues for women’s economic leadership in ASEAN.

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CEDAW Sessions

Next CEDAW Session

70th CEDAW Session (July 2018): Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Palestine and Turkmenistan.

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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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In #Japan, women child care workers who choose to raise a family and have children often face discrimination in their workplaces. Ironically, in a society where birth rates have persisted to decline, women have no control over their bodily rights.
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Shanti Uprety of @IWRAW_AP was a panelist at the @IMFNews Gender Coffee Chats: Advocating for Women’s Empowerment, during the 2018 @WorldBank - International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. Watch her speak at https://t.co/Vso0XeI3Ui
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‘Legal discrimination is alive and well’: Canada's indigenous women fight for equality https://t.co/IV68UIdqbt
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Myanmar's women face routine pregnancy tests and sexual harassment in sweatshops https://t.co/XkQROSFwzf via @abcnews
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Crim impacts the marginalised most. Need to re-conceptualise justice restoratively. Madhu Mehra, PLD #ChallengeCrim #sexualrights https://t.co/x79WuJyLJb
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Most #PPPs fail all around the world, YET we still see the #WBG pushing for PPPs. This dangerous trend must stop. #DAWNfeminist joins more than 80 CSOs in an open letter to the #WorldBank Executive Directors @ #SpringMeetings: https://t.co/NT9ceKdXjW
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