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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#CEDAW71: Reporting Back

The 71st session of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) took place from 22 October to 9 November 2018 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, during which the CEDAW committee carried out constructive dialogues with eight member states: Bahamas, Congo, Lao PDR, Macedonia, Mauritius, Nepal, Samoa and […]

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Post-Bali Reflections: The Insider Strategy

IWRAW Asia Pacific executive director Priyanthi Fernando looks back on her participation at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting and considers the pros and cons of engaging with neoliberal institutions. (Read her initial post from Bali: Saying It Loud and Clear.) In the hotel in Benoa, Bali, where I stayed with other Civil Society Forum participants, […]

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CEDEF Recommandation générale no 30 sur les femmes dans la prévention des conflits, les conflits et les situations d’après conflit: Lignes directrices relatives aux rapports parallèles

Ce document peut aider les groupes travaillant sur les droits des femmes et les organisations de la société civile, qui jouent un rôle prépondérant au sein des États fragiles ou aux prises avec des conflits.

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Four Things to Know about the Purple Economy

A two-page briefing paper outlining Professor Ipek Ilkkaracan’s vision of an economic model which recognises care work.

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A Feminist Approach to Economic Justice

This information brief highlights challenges such as the exploitation of labour and natural resources, the impact of business activities on human rights, and barriers to justice; and describes how IWRAW Asia Pacific works to overcome these obstacles.

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CEDAW Sessions

February-March 2019:

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Botswana, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ethiopia, Serbia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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July 2019:

Austria, Bahrain, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guyana, Mozambique, Qatar

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October-November 2019:

Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Pakistan, Seychelles

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#CEDAW71 saw an overwhelming and vibrant presence of activists. Our latest blog post looks back on the proceedings in Geneva: https://t.co/D6NNEmdPhQ #CEDAW #Bahamas #Congo #Laos #Macedonia #Mauritius #Nepal #Samoa #Tajikistan https://t.co/HHbXmJsEsS IWRAW_AP photo
2 days ago
What protection do women in Myanmar have when faced with violence from men? Very little, @thevmilko finds. While some civil society groups are doing the best they can to provide support, more substantial legal reforms and protection are required. https://t.co/WklV4cmhCn
3 days ago
Passport privilege: "the most consistently overlooked factor that defines every single immigration debate and 'crisis' of movement and migration." https://t.co/Hl8ntxPqw8
4 days ago
The UK will be under review at #CEDAW72 in February 2019. Read @Amnesty's briefing on concerns under #CEDAW with a focus on human rights violations experienced by migrant women, LBT women, and women in #NorthernIreland: https://t.co/rD6ijPqy59
4 days ago
As #IDEVASW #Dec17 approaches, this report - reviewing data from 33 countries - reminds us that violence and #sexwork are not synonymous. Laws matter. https://t.co/dQOzaf3Upg https://t.co/ieanNZcjpq IWRAW_AP photo
5 days ago
“The fact that so many countries have only partially accepted the international bill of women’s rights is evidence that many governments think protecting women’s rights is just a PR exercise to make them look good” - @kuminaidoo, @amnesty https://t.co/KdsCmvIpVj #CEDAW