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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Opening of #CEDAW72 - Committee highlights the challenges in the new context of rights & suggests that 2020 agenda should focus on leadership of women to avoid backsliding.
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"Implementation and monitoring to bring stated commitments and practice into line remain an outstanding concern." Cultural rights in #Malaysia - read @UNSRCulture's report on her visit: https://t.co/K92SmzdXgW
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El Comité de la @ONU_es para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la #Mujer ( #CEDAW) examinará a #Colombia el próximo martes 19 de febrero. El examen tendrá lugar a partir de las 10:00 am (Ginebra), 4:00 am (Bogotá), y será transmitido en vivo por @UNWebTV.
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Attention Feminist Twitter - we're hiring! Just a few days left to get your applications in: https://t.co/ipQXQsNeKI https://t.co/lcrt8hDHIh IWRAW_AP photo
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UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will meet from 18 February to 8 March to review Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Botswana, Colombia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Serbia, and the United Kingdom.

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The misuse of criminal law often negatively impacts on health and human rights, particularly in areas of sexuality, reproduction, sex work, drug use and HIV. @ICJ_org invites written submissions on repercussions and reforms: https://t.co/OJFjD4xtWq