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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Leveraging Judicial Actions to Combat Sexual Violence

On the occasion of the 27th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, IWRAW Asia Pacific, along with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Vienna, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN in Vienna and the Academic Council of United Nations System (ACUNS), organized a side event entitled […]

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9 Must-Read Articles on Women’s Labour Rights

The fundamental rights of women to and at work are essential for realizing other human rights and form an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity. Framing them within the one dimensional context of economic production and consumption ignores the obligations of states to implement the full range of human rights. Some of the factors […]

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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

71st CEDAW Session (October-November 2018): Bahamas, Congo, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Nepal, Samoa, Tajikistan, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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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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Excellent resource from #IWRAW_AP promoting the rights of women who use drugs #women #drugs #drugpolicy #CEDAW https://t.co/fE0Ae6HjnP
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The United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights visited #Kenya this month. Their findings are summarised in this statement: https://t.co/9vchtyIOpQ
2 days ago
New resource: NGO Reporting Guidelines on #CEDAW & Rights of Women who Use Drugs. With foreword by Judy Chang of @INPUD: https://t.co/sMbTj124QY https://t.co/GtKPOBfakX IWRAW_AP photo
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#NowReading #RESURJREflections on State-created disabilities and criminalization of children in immigration detention in #Canada: https://t.co/SbJiETD5LK by @nellybassily #HLPF2018 #VNR #FeministDemand https://t.co/a1YltJRoIb IWRAW_AP photo
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Women's engagement with drugs and the drug trade is often overlooked or poorly understood. This 5-day course in Budapest in November 2018 aims to promote sensitivity and awareness of the gendered impacts of drug policy, with an intersectional perspective: https://t.co/utmeigibTA
3 days ago
Our friends at @apnsw are seeking a consultant to prepare an NGO Alternative Report to #CEDAW on the rights of Laotian sex workers. Deadline for application is 20 July! Details here: https://t.co/CIPEn9ig8z
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