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.

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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Global South Women’s Forum 2021: Co-Creating Spaces for Global South Feminist Visions of Environmental Justice

October 14th, 2021

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have been supplemented by the unmanageable impacts of extreme climate events. These have included hurricanes, cyclones and volcanic eruptions, many resulting in excessive flooding, exhaustive ashfall and in some cases deaths, severely affecting the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities, especially in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and low-income […]

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“How Did This Happen?”: A Feminist Analysis of CEDAW General Recommendation 38 – Part 2

October 12th, 2021

CEDAW General Recommendation 38 on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration was adopted in November 2020. It recognises that ‘globally dominant economic policies are the cause behind large-scale economic inequality between States and individuals that manifests as labour exploitation’. It also highlights that macroeconomic factors produce the conditions of economic […]

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“Disadvantaged, Ignored, and Disrespected”: A Feminist Analysis of CEDAW General Recommendation 38 – Part 1

August 9th, 2021

CEDAW General Recommendation 38 on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration was adopted in November 2020. It recognises that ‘globally dominant economic policies are the cause behind large-scale economic inequality between States and individuals that manifests as labour exploitation’. It also highlights that macroeconomic factors produce the conditions of economic […]

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