Support to International Women’s Right Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW), Phase 2
Despite many advances in the law and policy environment towards recognition of gender equality and new mechanisms for promotion and protection of women’s human rights, women worldwide still experience multiple forms of discrimination. SDC supports the International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific, which is an international non-governmental organisation working nationally, regionally, and internationally towards the achievement of women's human rights.
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Legal and judicial development
- Mobilizing and building the capacity of women’s groups and coalitions to engage with the different treaty body review processes.
- The regulatory frameworks for Business Actors take responsibility for women’s human rights through engagement with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, the UNGP and the CEDAW review
- The capacity of women’s rights organisation to integrate the CEDAW equality framework, into their national development plans and the SDG review is strengthened.
- Legal and institutional capacity to deal with women’s human rights priorities in selected countries is strengthened.
- IWRAW’s develops and implements a strategy to diversify its donor base and become financially sustainable.
- Swiss Private Sector
- Gender Equality as a cross-cutting theme in all the SDC/East Asia Division programs
Discrimination against women is the most common form of social exclusion worldwide, although non-discrimination of any gender is a human right and has universal validity. Reducing gender inequalities is a precondition for social justice and sustainable development.
IWRAW overall goal:
SDC overall goal:
Direct beneficiaries include governments, local government actors, NGOs, regional and international networks, law enforcement agencies (police, border officials, human right defenders, prosecutors and judges) and social workers.
The ultimate indirect beneficiaries of this project are women, including women in marginalised and vulnerable groups such as: rural women, women with disabilities, migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, stateless, internally displaced persons, prisoners or women placed in protective custodies or correctional institutions.
IWRAW: Outcome 1 – The CEDAW review process is positioned as an accountability mechanism for gender equality in the SDGs; the CEDAW review process addresses issues of women’s economic rights and business and human rights through recommendations and concluding observations; UNGPs incorporate the equality framework
SDC: Outcome 5 - IWRAW organizational capacities are strengthened and its financial sustainability is secured.
Results from previous phases:
During the period covered by the previous phase, IWRAW contributed to (1) strengthening the application of CEDAW and WHR standards through a broader actor base at national levels, (2) enhancing access to an expanding knowledge base and advocacy strategies on critical and emerging issues such as Conflict, Gender based Violence, the SDGs, in women’s human rights amongst local actors; (3) influencing global and regional policy and standard setting processes to be supportive of women’s human rights and use a gender equality approach, particularly in the ASEAN region; and (4) developed the space for a potential dialogue between women's rights organisations and private sector around the benefits of the gender equality approach.
Efforts to increase the organizational sustainability, and in particular broadening the donor base and core contribution have to be maintained.
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International or foreign NGO
In descending order: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (expected), Oxfam, Open Society Foundation, OAK Foundation
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|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 1’450’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 1’290’000|
Phase 2 01.12.2016 - 30.06.2021 (Completed)Phase 1 01.04.2013 - 31.12.2016 (Completed)