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.

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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Tough on Crime, Tough on the Victims of Crime: Challenging Harmful Anti-Trafficking Measures

July 30th, 2018

The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was designated as 30 July, to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” The United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons approaches the issue from numerous angles, recognising that multiple factors make […]

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Leveraging Judicial Actions to Combat Sexual Violence

May 29th, 2018

On the occasion of the 27th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, IWRAW Asia Pacific, along with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Vienna, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN in Vienna and the Academic Council of United Nations System (ACUNS), organized a side event entitled […]

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9 Must-Read Articles on Women’s Labour Rights

May 7th, 2018

The fundamental rights of women to and at work are essential for realizing other human rights and form an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity. Framing them within the one dimensional context of economic production and consumption ignores the obligations of states to implement the full range of human rights. Some of the factors […]

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A May Day Reflection on the Rights of Women Workers

May 1st, 2018

By Priyanthi Fernando, Executive Director, IWRAW AP How many of us are aware that May Day, International Workers’ Day or Labour Day, however we call it, and whenever we commemorate it, had its origins in workers’ demands for an eight hour working day? Yet, even though the commemorations have been going on for over a […]

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Romani Women’s Struggle for Human Rights

April 6th, 2018

On International Romani Day (which falls on the 8th of April annually) we are featuring a blog by Senada Sali, a lawyer with the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest. Thank you Senada for sharing your story. My name is Senada Sali and I am a 26-year old Romani woman from Macedonia working as a […]

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Don’t Dilute the Impact of the Water Crisis

March 22nd, 2018

Natural Resources and World Water Day Natural resources are commonly defined as “commodities that are considered valuable in their natural form” but women’s human rights defenders (WHRDs) are challenging this term, with the constant reminder that it is the commodification of these resources that has led to a lot of the negative ramifications for women. […]

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5 examples of closing space for civil society and what we can do about it

March 8th, 2018

International Women’s Day is a day to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women”, and while there is certainly much to celebrate, it is also undeniable that we are seeing a massive rollback on hardwon women’s human rights all over the world and rising conservatism that is challenging our fundamental freedoms. One […]

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