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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Tough on Crime, Tough on the Victims of Crime: Challenging Harmful Anti-Trafficking Measures

The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was designated as 30 July, to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” The United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons approaches the issue from numerous angles, recognising that multiple factors make […]

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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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NGO Reporting Guidelines on CEDAW & Rights of Women who Use Drugs

Produced in consultation with groups advocating for the rights of women who use drugs, this guide by IWRAW Asia Pacific explains how to write a shadow report to the CEDAW committee regarding the issues they face.

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Leaving No One Behind: The Imperative of Inclusive Development in Palestine

Linking CEDAW with the Sustainable Development Goals in the Palestinian context, this report by the Non-Governmental Women Coalition for the Implementation of CEDAW in the Occupied State of Palestine was written with support from IWRAW Asia Pacific and submitted during Palestine’s inaugural state report to CEDAW.

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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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19 hours ago
20 women, femme & gender non-conforming people from #Fiji building 20 houses for people in central div inf. settlements for climate justice, sexual rights, gender & housing justice. Working together - @HabitatFiji @aptcpacific & @diva4equality #WomenConstruction RT to support! https://t.co/RIgSbwapZB IWRAW_AP photo
2 days ago
Former #UN Secretary General #KofiAnnan left the world today.
... said it's time for a woman to lead the #UN
... believed that empowering women was the most effective development tool
Thank you @KofiAnnan for a lifetime dedicated to global peace & development -we must keep going
2 days ago
1st Global LBQ Women*s Conference - Call for Proposals and Scholarship Forms.
#LGBT #Queerwomen #QWOC https://t.co/beWOPjZe1o
2 days ago
The Smart Sex Worker’s Guide to the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women summarises the framework & shadow report guidelines we developed with @GlobalSexWork. An indispensable resource for sex worker activists! https://t.co/GnwZoyXri7 #CEDAW
3 days ago
Join our walk to #endchildmarriage tomorrow!

We'll gather at Sunway Pyramid, blue atrium entrance (next to Sunway Lagoon Entrance) at 9:30am, and we'll start walking to Sunway Resort Hotel at 10am.

See you there!

@TheBodyShop_MY @SistersinIslam #whenIwas11 #notmarriedat11 https://t.co/64FmYryfH7
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3 days ago
"Trade rules must increase accountability of corporations who commit grave human rights violations, rather than provide corporations with unique recourse when judicial systems hold them accountable." Sign the Gender and Trade Coalition's Unity Statement: https://t.co/JfBuRws55q
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