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Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) Training Manual

November 2022

The gender equality and macroeconomics (GEM) training manual has been developed to build capacities of women’s rights organisations and activists on GEM issues and using the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to advance women’s human rights. Its overall purpose is to encourage activists and researchers working on economic […]

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Loss and Damage, Human Rights & State and Corporate Accountability: Our Fight for Climate Justice

November 2022

Grounded in the analysis of social movements, frontline communities and feminist leaders, this #COP27 side event focused on loss and damage from a human rights perspective, considering the structural drivers of the climate crisis, and clarifying the human rights obligations of States and corporations. Speakers: Ana Celestial (Kalikasan PNE); Mela Chiponda (FEMNET); Adrian Martinez (La […]

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“Now Is Not the Time to Stop Running”: Switzerland’s Obligation to Support a Global Public Good Approach to COVID-19 Diagnostics, Vaccines and Therapeutics

October 2022

Shadow report submitted to the 83rd CEDAW session by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), IWRAW Asia Pacific, Third World Network (TWN) and Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), on behalf of the Feminists for a People’s Vaccine campaign. Connecting the current intellectual property approach adopted by Switzerland to severe and […]

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Human Security of Women and Girls in the Context of Poverty and Inequality

October 2022

This submission in response to the call for input by the UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls was prepared jointly by Intersex Philippines, Society of Trans Women of the Philippines and IWRAW Asia Pacific. It primarily gives input on the structural barriers experienced by transgender, intersex women and girls, and gender-diverse people […]

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“The Pandemic is Most Certainly Not Over”: Belgium’s Obligation to Support a Global Public Good Approach to COVID-19 Diagnostics, Vaccines and Therapeutics

September 2022

Shadow report submitted to the 83rd CEDAW session by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), IWRAW Asia Pacific and Third World Network (TWN), on behalf of the Feminists for a People’s Vaccine campaign. Connecting the current intellectual property approach adopted by Belgium and the European Union to severe and disproportionate impacts on […]

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A Human Rights-Based Approach to COVID-19

September 2022

Although the right to the highest standard of health is a universal one, the COVID-19 epidemic did not and does not reflect this. COVID-19 didn’t cause the world’s imbalances, but it didn’t help, either. Neither did the activity (or lack thereof) of individual countries. But there is a way to make States accountable. For the […]

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Switzerland as Gatekeeper: The Impact of Visa Application Processes on Global South Civil Society Representation at the United Nations

September 2022

Shadow report submitted by IWRAW Asia Pacific to the 83rd CEDAW session. Focusing on the issue of border controls and visa processes as a barrier to activists’ engagement at the UN in Geneva, the six-page report examines Switzerland’s obligations under CEDAW, case studies, financial implications for women’s human rights defenders from the Global South, and […]

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Open Letter from SWIFA to Members of Congress, Spain, on Proposed Amendments to the Penal Code

September 2022

The Sex Worker Inclusive Feminist Alliance (SWIFA), of which IWRAW Asia Pacific is a member, calls upon Members of Congress to meaningfully engage with sex workers’ communities and collectives and better understand their lived experiences and concerns. Their experiences and concerns should be taken into account while designing public policies that affect them. Available in […]

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Рамки для защиты прав секс-работников и КЛДЖ

August 2022

Russian translation of framework which seeks to connect human rights principles to the debates around prostitution laws and sex work, and is intended to be a tool to inform the rights discourse on sex work in the context of CEDAW. Our thanks to SWAN for the translation. 69 pages, PDF. Access the English version.  

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Engaging with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

July 2022

A webinar organised on International Drug Users Remembrance Day (21 July) 2022 by the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) to discuss how CEDAW can be utilised by drug user advocates to address human rights violations in their communities and amplify the specific impacts of drug policy on women and gender-diverse people who […]

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