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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Enhancing Worker Protections in a Post-COVID-19 World: The Urgent Need for C190

  By Shanti Uprety, Programme Manager, IWRAW Asia Pacific In June 2019, the General Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) created a new international instrument, with very strong advocacy and support from governments, employers, trade unions, workers and civil society organisations. This new convention, C190 – Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019, provides an international […]

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COVID-19: Lockdown as a Safety Risk

Guest post by Fadziso Fadzisai Mawunganidze. Photo by Sandie Clarke on Unsplash. Content warning: Contains references to sexual violence, including child sexual abuse.   Imagine a young girl staying with her rapist for 24 hours a day, without the freedom she used to enjoy when she went to school or played with her friends. In […]

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Civil Society Statement at the 76th CEDAW Session on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Women and Girls

This statement, compiled from information shared by 28 NGOs from 22 countries around the world, was read out by IWRAW Asia Pacific at the 76th CEDAW Session, held online.

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Drug Policy and the Fundamental Human Rights of Women who Use Drugs

Routine mistreatment and neglect of women who use drugs violates virtually every major human rights treaty. This report makes particular reference to CEDAW, and was compiled by University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, IWRAW Asia Pacific, E.V.A., and Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.

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CEDAW Sessions

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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It's time to reflect on the #HLPF after five years of SDG implementation. In the ongoing UN reform processes we demand our fundamental human rights and a SDG regime that promotes and implements them! #HLPF2020 #FeministsWantSystemChange #2030Agenda

No queremos un enfoque aislado hacia los ODS y el #HLPF! Lxs feministas queremos un cambio en el sistema! HLPF #HLPF2020 #FeministsWantSystemChange