Check out our blog for noteworthy articles and op-eds by our team, partners and allies on the current state of women's human rights, and how there is much to be done for gender equality.

Feminists should put the Right to Development back on their agenda

January 9th, 2023

  The Right to Development (R2D) emerged in the 1970s as the hallmark of post-colonial nations’ quest for a fairer economic order. Since its embodiment in the 1986 Declaration on the Right to Development, and despite the long-lived, tumultuous political debate that its recognition provoked between Global North and South countries, developing nations and human […]

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Putting people and the planet at the helm of transformative climate action

December 7th, 2022

This blog post is adapted from an article co-authored by IWRAW Asia Pacific’s Environmental Justice Programme Officer, Marisa Hutchinson, and Fellow, Jhannel Tomlinson. The article was originally published on Open Global Rights.   “For many Global South activists and communities, whose realities are already plagued by climate variability and change, the pledges and actions agreed […]

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Towards a more inclusive feminist praxis: Strengthening advocacy through an intersectional lens

November 7th, 2022

  “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

August 12th, 2022

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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The exclusion of Malaysian women with ADHD

April 15th, 2022

Like many other women’s issues in Malaysia, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Malaysian women is disregarded at varying levels. With little to no discourse on this matter, challenges faced by women with ADHD are swept under the rug. This blog post analyses the exclusion of women with ADHD in Malaysia in three parts. It explores the […]

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Governance and resilience of Pacific women through the crises of climate change and COVID-19

March 25th, 2022

The Pacific is known to be one of the regions that is very vulnerable to climate change and climate-induced natural disasters. Today almost all the Pacific nations are battling the worst effects of climate change and COVID-19 in their communities. Many islands are finding it very tough to cope with the increasing impacts of climate […]

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A template for change: The ILO’s C190 and justice for women at work

March 8th, 2022

  It is no small fact that it has taken exactly 100 years for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) since its inception in 1919, to come out with C190 – the first-ever global treaty on violence and harassment in the world of work in 2019. History shows that the first few conventions of the ILO […]

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Unpacking feminism in water governance

January 26th, 2022

This blog post is adapted from a presentation given by IWRAW Asia Pacific Programme Officer, Marisa Hutchinson at Oxfam’s Mekong Water Resources Governance Program’s virtual webinar on Feminism in Water Governance held in June 2021. Access to water is and will always be a feminist issue  At the Global South Women’s Forum 2021, Sim Socheata […]

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“The success of women’s work rests on political co-optability”: Lessons from overturning Kazakhstan’s ban on women’s employment

December 10th, 2021

On 12 October 2021, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a set of amendments to the Labour Code  of Kazakhstan, lifting the ban on employment of women in 229 professions. The Law, officially named On Introduction of Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Issues of Social Protection of Certain Categories […]

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Every Woman Treaty: Weakening the protections against gender-based violence against women

December 10th, 2021

Photo by Nadine Shaabana on Unsplash.   The need for a new global instrument on violence against women has been advanced by Every Woman, a coalition advocating for the adoption of the so-called Every Woman Treaty (EWT). The coalition recently published a first draft of this treaty. The EWT campaign has accurately identified the UN-declared […]

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