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.

Global South Women’s Forum 2020: Disrupting macroeconomics

October 14th, 2020

Disrupting Macroeconomics: A Forum to Learn, Strategise, and Celebrate Feminist Visions for Economic Justice UPDATE: Please visit the Global South Women’s Forum site for the full programme and registration! We are no longer accepting session proposals. اضغط هنا لقراءة المحتوى باللغة العربية | Haga clic aquí para leer esta página en español IWRAW Asia Pacific […]

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#CuarentenaSinTransfobia: COVID-19 and the gender binary in Latin America

August 25th, 2020

In April 2020, certain Latin American countries implemented an unnecessary and highly restrictive measure that assigned women- and men-only mobility days as a response to COVID-19. This restriction excludes and fosters discrimination against trangender and gender non-conforming people, promotes dangerous situations and violates their human rights. Five months later and despite the many cases of […]

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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

By Nine 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, […]

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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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