Four Demands for Just and Sustainable Development Goals
The global model of development is not working for rural, indigenous and migrant women of Asia Pacific. We needed development goals that focus on sustainable communities, sustainable lives and sustainable environments. Download PDF
My Body, My Life, My Rights
: Addressing Violations of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights
’is the Summary Report of the APWLD’s Asia Pacific NGO Consultation with the Office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences held in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2009. Download PDF
The New Slave in the Kitchen: Debt Bondage and Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia
Despite the outlawing of slavery in every country for at least 30 years, ‘contemporary’ forms of slavery are happening in kitchens and households around the world, enabled by ‘debt bondage’. Through debt, women are effectively owned by powerful recruitment agencies rather than directly by employers. While the ILO recently recognised domestic work as work, the attention to women domestic workers is needed as they are largely excluded from protection of labour laws. This report is a useful study of domestic workers in the region, and discussion of how governments and other institutions can better deal with this resuming form of slavery.
Claiming Rights, Claiming Justice
: A Guidebook on Women Human Rights Defenders aims to help women human rights defenders name the specific risks, violations and constraints they face in their work. It presents a practical discussion of the useful mechanisms developed by the state and the civil society to provide redress and remedy, and to protect women human rights defenders. It is intended to be used by human rights and other organisations to further a gender perspective in the monitoring and documentation of human rights. The guidebook was produced by APWLD in close collaboration with individuals and organisations that participated in the international campaign on women human rights defenders since 2005.
Mobilise Guide- Action and Organising with Mobile Phones
Produced by APWLD with assistance from members of United for Foreign Domestic Workers (UFDWR), this introductory guidebook can be a powerful tool for domestic workers’ organisations and domestic worker advocates to take steps to organise workers and themselves with the resources they already have on hand- mobile phones! Women domestic workers have the right to make their voices heard and use law as an instrument of change. Women’s human rights are legally protected internationally, yet organising and communicating with workers to ensure labour rights are shared and enforced can seem like a difficult task. The guide provides key terminology, instructions and even programmes to start mobile campaigns. Mobilise is geared to both domestic workers and advocacy organisations supporting them. Download PDF
Fiji Tax Free Zone, Women Workers in Fiji’s Tax Free Zone A Rights Approach
: APWLD’s Labour and Migration Task Force (L&M TF) has worked with its members in identifying and exposing discriminatory policies and laws affecting local and migrant women workers in tax free zones in APWLD member countries in the context of globalisation from a feminist perspective…This research project was created by the L&M TF in 2005 as many governments in Asia Pacific have established special trade zones and others were designating areas where multinational corporations could set up operations. Governments were enacting and implementing legislation and policies to benefit these corporations to the detriment of the citizens of the host country.Download pdf
Know Your Rights Under the New ILO Convention on Domestic Workers
This publication marks the historic victory on 16, June 2011 of the adoption of a new Convention and Recommendation on Domestic Workers. It is a valuable tool to understand domestic worker rights, outlining the recommendations for important areas including health and safety, rest, documentation, terms and contacts and the right to organise. The booklet also explains further measures to be included in national legislation and future ratification.
Political Economy of Violence Against Women in Asia Pacific
This publication is a summary Report of the Asia Pacific NGO Consultation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its causes and consequences, Yakin Ertürk, held on 12 – 13 September 2007, Manila, Philippines. Download pdf
Different but Not Divided – Women’s Perspectives on Intersectionality
This new publication of APWLD reports and analyses our 2010 regional consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women. This year women from across 16 countries came together to share and discuss how multiple forms of discrimination relates to and impacts upon the issue of violence against women. This report weaves together all of their perspectives to form a comprehensive document articulating how women’s multiple identities interact with patriarchal societies and systems – often resulting in violence. Different but not Divided contends that our commonalities are in our struggles against neo-liberal globalisation, fundamentalisms and militarisation rather than in our identities. This publication shares stories of how violence has been resisted and talks about how intersectionality can be applied. With a CD annex of participant submissions and presentations, this publication is not only informative but also a practical tool for activism. Download PDF
Anti Terror Laws and Their Impact on Rural Women in Asia
Especially for rural women, there have been widespread concerns that the anti-terror laws in their countries further marginalise them from accessing natural resources, restrict their mobility, and their organising for empowerment. The RIW TF then decided to embark on a research to study the impacts on anti-terror laws on rural and indigenous women in the taskforce member’s countries, namely, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines and India. The project was conceptualised in 2003 and commenced in 2004.
Grounding the Global – A Guide to Successful Engagement with the UN Special Procedures Mechanism.
Drawing on APWLD’s 16 years of successful engagement with the UN special procedures mechanism, this resource book provides a step by step guide for organisations who wish to engage with this important UN system. This is a highly practical guidebook that begins with an explanation of the special procedures, its history and efficacy. The guidebook elaborates on the particular framework of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women (SRVAW) and discusses the entry points and strategies available for civil society organisations trying to engage with mandate holders. Adding to these resources, are lists of current mandate holders as of April 2011, a helpful glossary, a submission template for the SRVAW, and a list of the core international human rights treaties with a chart of countries in Asia Pacific that have signed or ratified them.
Women and Food Sovereignty Kit
The compiling of the Women and Food Sovereignty Kit has been a challenging and difficult piece of work, in more than one way. The need to include the experiences of women activists and to ensure that women’s voices are included in the kit, necessitated that the manual was not developed in isolation. Hence, the Kit reflects the work and commitment of a number of institutions, and individuals. The input by a number of individuals in the conceptualization of the manual, and inclusion of essential material, has been the basis of the final piece of work. The enthusiasm and energy shown at the beginning has been the reason that the project has seen completion.
The Right to Unite: A Handbook on Domestic Worker Rights Across Asia
This new resource tool is both an introduction to women and domestic work in Asia and an in depth look at the hidden violations of domestic worker rights in ten countries in the region. Designed for advocacy, this handbook breaks down information country by country. It contains the latest ILO instruments on domestic work and analyses them in relation to women domestic worker rights. It identifies gaps, highlights concerns and gives concrete recommendations for change. Download pdf.
Experiences of women protecting their communities and human rights against corporate mining
Gold does not usually glitter for women whose livelihoods are greatly affected by large-scale corporate mining. This publication identify negative impacts of mining on the people, particularly rural and indigenous women in the communities which transnational mining companies have invaded, and raise the concerns that women and their community members speak out.Download PDF here.