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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Towards A More Inclusive Feminist Praxis: Strengthening Advocacy Through An Intersectional Lens

  “The better we understand how identities and power work together from one context to another, the less likely our movements for change are to fracture.” – Kimberle W. Crenshaw   In the time following its introduction, the theory of intersectionality has become a fundamental aspect of a wide range of feminist and queer scholarship […]

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Through The Looking Glass: CEDAW sessions within a hybrid model

For the first time since the pandemic began, the CEDAW Committee met with the opportunity for in-person participation of both state delegates and NGOs. #CEDAW82 took place from 13 June to 1 July 2022 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee carried out constructive dialogues with eight states: Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, […]

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Human Security of Women and Girls in the Context of Poverty and Inequality

This submission in response to the call for input by the UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls was prepared jointly by Intersex Philippines, Society of Trans Women of the Philippines and IWRAW Asia Pacific.

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“The Pandemic is Most Certainly Not Over”: Belgium’s Obligation to Support a Global Public Good Approach to COVID-19 Diagnostics, Vaccines and Therapeutics

Shadow report submitted to the 83rd CEDAW session by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), IWRAW Asia Pacific and Third World Network (TWN), on behalf of the Feminists for a People’s Vaccine campaign.

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CEDAW Sessions

84th CEDAW Session

Bahrain, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Georgia, Hungary, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Norway, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovenia, Tunisia (February 2023)

86th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Argentina, Australia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago (February-March 2023)

85th CEDAW Session

Albania, China, Germany, Iceland, Jamaica, Malawi, Slovakia, Timor-Leste, Venezuela (May 2023)

87th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

Belize, Cuba, Papua New Guinea, San Marino, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vietnam (May-June 2023)


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Listen to - or read - this conversation between Camila Maia, Meena Jagannath, and our programme manager @CPauchulo, on using the international human rights system to hold States to account for putting #BigPharma profits over lives: #Fem4PeoplesVaccine

To fight for lives free from violence is to demand for rights over protection. Often, laws, policies, attitudes & practices that come under the guise of ‘protection’ are promoted as the primary solution to end gender-based violence (#GBV). (1)
#ProtectionDoesntProtect #16Days