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.

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When Illegality is the Starting Point: Refugees and Domestic Violence in Malaysia

“She showed up with fresh, open wounds. She’d been beaten really badly … but we couldn’t do much. We gave her immediate medical treatment, but then we had to send her back where she came from,” my friend said to me, recalling one of the more disillusioning moments of his time spent volunteering with UNHCR’s […]

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Go There to Come Back: Reflections from Botswana’s CEDAW Review

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett The crisp winter morning […]

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Strengthening Implementation of CEDAW: Review of the StIC Project

The Strengthening Implementation of CEDAW (StIC) project, addressing women’s economic, social and cultural rights; access to justice; and the Sustainable Development Goals, was initiated to promote the regional feminist agenda in South and Southeast Asia, with a national-level focus on Bangladesh, Nepal, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. This video (10:12) contextualises the project and outlines its achievements.

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Towards a Strengthened UN Treaty Body System: Civil Society Proposals

This Joint NGO Proposal seeks to strengthen the effectiveness of the treaty body system by promoting regular and predictable human rights reviews for all States and increased implementation of recommendations, whilst reinforcing one treaty body system, which is accessible to rights holders and civil society. This Proposal has been the subject of numerous consultations in Geneva, including with national and regional NGOs.

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CEDAW Sessions

February 2020:

Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Eritrea, Kiribati, Latvia, Moldova, Pakistan, Zimbabwe

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June-July 2020:

Bahrain, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Panama

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October-November 2020:

Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay, Yemen

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Twitter Feed

In February 2020, the #CEDAW Committee will hold its constructive dialogue with the state of Eritrea, on the country's efforts to eliminate discrimination against women. Here's how NGOs can have their say: We're here to help if you have queries! #CEDAW75

The Colombo Declaration on the Role of the Judiciary in Advancing Women’s Right to Equality in Marriage and Family Relations resulted from our regional judicial colloquium. Read it in English or Indonesian:

On Day 12 of the 16 Days of Activism, celebrated around the world every year to demand an End to Violence Against Women, #CCHR joins @KlahaanKH in sharing recommendations from the UN #CEDAW Committee to help improve women's rights in #Cambodia.
#16Days #16DaysOfActivism #StopVAW