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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An Organisational Update from IWRAW Asia Pacific

Dear IWRAW-AP community, Over the past two years, IWRAW-AP has been through several processes as part of our commitment to growth and change. During this period, we have drawn on our rich legacy and contribution to a groundswell of women’s human rights activism regionally and globally. At the end of 2022, we completed an organisational […]

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‘Grateful and privileged’: A farewell from Priyanthi Fernando

Dear colleagues in IWRAW AP’s wider circle of partners, friends, and supporters, You would have been alerted in different ways that I am transitioning out of IWRAW AP as its executive director. The social media posts have made some very positive statements about IWRAW AP’s journey over the seven years of my tenure, and I […]

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Gender IFI Summer School: Advocacy for Feminist Tax Justice

In this session at the inaugural Bretton Woods Project Gender IFI Summer School, IWRAW Asia Pacific programme officer Hazel Birungi moderates a conversation with Aurea Mouzinho from the Global Alliance for Tax Justice and Sahar Mechmech from Oxfam. They discuss global campaigning on tax and gender, such as the #MakeTaxesWorkForWomen global days of action, and share key insights and recommendations on connecting the tax debate with women’s rights.

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Disrupting the Development Sector from the Global South

IWRAW Asia Pacific’s former executive director Priyanthi Fernando tells the Development Hub’s podcast, The Power Shift: Decolonising Development, about double standards in the Global North’s engagement with Global South activists and practitioners, and about IWRAW AP’s annual Global South Women’s Forum, which provides an open space for Global South women to discuss their needs without donor constraints.

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CEDAW Sessions

89th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Belize, Chad, Congo, Cyprus, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Viet Nam (February 2024)

88th CEDAW Session

Brazil, El Salvador, Estonia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore (May 2024)

90th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Botswana, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Malta (June 2024)

89th CEDAW Session

Benin, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Japan, Lao PDR, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia (September-October 2024)

91st CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Algeria, Austria, Grenada, Lithuania, Qatar, Togo, Zambia (October 2024)

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Our penultimate session at #GSWF2023 will address anti-Blackness at borders, with a particular focus on migrant women from Haiti.

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Next today at #GSWF2023! @ReproRights will take us through the nuances of transnational surrogacy.

Join via Zoom to access Hindi, Khmer and Nepali interpretation, and live captions in English:

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Last chance! Join Celia Finch and Hannah Jambunathan of @IDCAsiaPacific to learn about the intersections of gender, immigration detention, and alternatives to detention. This #GSWF2023 session will not be livestreamed, so sign up now!

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