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Grantee name: International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP)

Mission: International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific is an international women's human rights organization. Since 1993, they have worked to contribute to the progressive interpretation and realization of the human rights of women through the lens of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international human rights treaties.

IWRAW-Asia Pacific promotes the domestic implementation of international human rights standards by building the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realize women's human rights. They do this through three key strategies Building Capacity for Change, Enhancing Realisation of Rights and Information, Dissemination Application and Exchange Strategy (IDEAS) which encompass training, communication, information, education, advocacy and support national level women's organizations and community groups working to improve the lives of women.

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Website: www.iwraw-ap.org

YouTube Channel: IWRAW Asia Pacific

Channel Grants: In 2015 Channel made a grant to IWRAW-AP to provide support for the CEDAW review and implementation process in Armenia -- specifically a four day workshop in Armenia in November 2015 to develop effective shadow reporting from women’s groups and to strengthen commitment to CEDAW implementation. IWRAW-AP will also work to ensure that four women activists from Armenia will be able to participate in the From Global to Local ten day Training Programme in Geneva and to engage with the CEDAW Committee in October 2016. They hope that these processes will lead ultimately not only to better inclusion of Armenian women’s issues in the Concluding Observations but a stronger Armenian women’s movement. (2015)

In 2013 Channel made a grant to IWRAW-AP to provide ongoing support for a dialogue process for women’s organizations in Kazakhstan on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and responding to the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations. In part, this will involve a four day Dialogue between civil society groups and state agencies in Astana, Kazahkstan focused on CEDAW implementation.  The Government-NGO Dialogue will allow for building of working linkages between civil society and the state and to develop greater institutional spaces for citizen input into policy and planning, thus enhancing good governance overall. This process will help build capacity of NGOs towards sustainable and cohesive monitoring and advocacy on gender equality and women’s human rights using CEDAW and help strengthen state accountability for CEDAW. (2013)

In 2012 Channel made a grant to IWRAW Asia Pacific's From Global to Local program for the purposes of supporting training on the CEDAW review process for Kazakhstan and Tajikistan with representatives from women’s organizations in those countries. (2012)

News: The 2012 Second Shadow Report on the Realization of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women by Public Organizations of Tajikistan is available on the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website.