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.

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 this year 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 […]

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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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#CEDAW71: Reporting Back

December 14th, 2018

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

November 29th, 2018

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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Care Is An Economic Issue: Addressing Gender Inequalities in Care Work

October 11th, 2018

Ipek Ilkkaracan is Professor of Economics at Istanbul Technical University, a founding member of Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways and a member of IWRAW Asia Pacific’s advisory committee. She coined the term ‘purple economy’ to convey the need for an economic model which recognises care work. Without it, the sustainability of […]

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Dispatch from Bali: Saying It Loud and Clear

October 8th, 2018

Embed from Getty Images Writing from the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, our executive director Priyanthi Fernando reflects on two very different perspectives on the state of today’s world. In Christine Lagarde’s curtain raiser speech for the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings being held this week in Bali, the message is that the sun is […]

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CEDAW and Extraterritorial Obligations: Papua New Guinea Activists Highlight Australia’s Role in Human Rights Violations

September 20th, 2018

By Nikta Daijavad At IWRAW Asia Pacific’s From Global to Local training programme, run in parallel to the 70th CEDAW Session, we were joined by two activists from a small group of Papua New Guinea women working to expose the gendered harms of Australia’s largescale extractive industries – which have operated across many provinces of […]

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