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.

#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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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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