Blogs

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.

Feminist Demands for Environmental and Climate Justice: Realities, Resistance and Resilience

August 4th, 2020

In recognising the interrelation of environmental issues and social and political issues, IWRAW Asia Pacific aims to take an intersectional approach to confront institutional patriarchy, in order to protect the communities and livelihoods of those affected by environmental and climate change; ensure accountability of economic actions by governments and corporations, implement domestic climate measures and […]

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Enhancing Worker Protections in a Post-COVID-19 World: The Urgent Need for C190

June 18th, 2020

  By Shanti Uprety, Programme Manager, IWRAW Asia Pacific In June 2019, the General Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) created a new international instrument, with very strong advocacy and support from governments, employers, trade unions, workers and civil society organisations. This new convention, C190 – Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019, provides an international […]

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COVID-19: Lockdown as a Safety Risk

April 10th, 2020

Guest post by Fadziso Fadzisai Mawunganidze. Photo by Sandie Clarke on Unsplash. Content warning: Contains references to sexual violence, including child sexual abuse.   Imagine a young girl staying with her rapist for 24 hours a day, without the freedom she used to enjoy when she went to school or played with her friends. In […]

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COVID-19: Capitalism’s Mask Has Slipped

March 19th, 2020

It’s Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, the second day of the ‘restricted movement’ which was announced by Malaysia’s new government on Monday night. There has been confusion among the public about whether or not this is the same as a lockdown. On Tuesday night, upon hearing that permits would be required for interstate travel, police stations […]

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“The Police Are Our Real Pimps”: Violence against Sex Workers in the Philippines

December 17th, 2019

On the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (17 December), Sharmila Parmanand discusses the intersections of violence in the Philippines against sex workers and against people who use drugs. Sex workers in the Philippines experience many harmful effects of the war on drugs. It has increased the power of the police over sex […]

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When Illegality is the Starting Point: Refugees and Domestic Violence in Malaysia

August 21st, 2019

“She showed up with fresh, open wounds. She’d been beaten really badly … but we couldn’t do much. We gave her immediate medical treatment, but then we had to send her back where she came from,” my friend said to me, recalling one of the more disillusioning moments of his time spent volunteering with UNHCR’s […]

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Go There to Come Back: Reflections from Botswana’s CEDAW Review

May 9th, 2019

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett The crisp winter morning […]

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The Long Road to Workers’ Rights: The Struggle for Unionisation in Bangladesh

May 1st, 2019

To improve conditions and benefits for staff, workers at Hoplun Apparels in Gazipur, Bangladesh, needed to register their union. But by law, at least 30 percent of the factory’s 6000-strong workforce needed to join it, with documents submitted to the Department of Labour. (In September 2018, this threshold was cut to 20 percent.) Nazma Akter, […]

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What Do We Mean When We Talk About Trafficking?

April 5th, 2019

By Ishita Dutta   In January 2019 in Bangkok, I had the privilege of meeting with and learning from the experiences of 40 experts invested in ending trafficking in women. They represented over 25 countries but, as happens often in ‘global’ advocacy spaces, we had one expert carrying all of Latin America on their back […]

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Making the Case for Gender-Responsive Transport Infrastructure

March 18th, 2019

By Priyanthi Fernando CSW63 has as its priority theme “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. Within this very broad theme, ‘sustainable infrastructure’, and its impact on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment, is probably the most challenging for women’s rights […]

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