Our Programmes

Feminist Law & Practice (FLP)

This long standing programme focuses on building capacity of women’s rights advocates and organisations to transform discriminatory laws, policies and practices; and increase women’s access to justice. The programme recently incorporated urgent response and solidarity support to Women Human Rights Defenders during crisis periods through feminist litigation strategies, trial observations and campaigns.

Women in Power (WiP)

The programme aims to strengthen women’s political leadership and democratic participation of women in decision makings. It provides feminist political training to women leaders, supports the formation of women’s political agenda “Womanifestoes”, supports progressive women parliamentarians such as the Pacific Island Women’s Caucus and facilitates its engagement with women’s rights movements.

Breaking Out of Marginalisation (BOOM)

This programme focuses on building capacity and movements of the most marginalised grassroots women in the region – Rural, Indigenous, Migrant and Urban Poor women. The programme conducts Feminist Participatory Action Research to document rights violations, collectively craft solutions and advocacy strategy for change at local, national, regional and international levels.

Climate Justice (CJ)

This programme focuses on building capacity of the women most affected by climate change and collecting evidence on the impacts faced by communities. Our advocacy aims to ensure climate framework and commitments from local to global level to respond to the realities of Asia Pacific women, and institute more gender-just and ecologically principled solutions. The programme conducts Feminist Participatory Action Research with grassroots women’s organisations and their communities, and mobilise cross-movements collaboration to co-create a Feminist Fossil Fuel Free Future.

Labour (Women Organising Workers – WOW)

Labour Programme aims to advance women workers’ right to Decent Work, Living Wage and participatory democracy by shaping and organising labour movements. The programme focuses on increasing capacities, voices and leadership of women workers in trade unions by providing feminist organising training, Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) and supporting networks to foster collective labour rights movements nationally, regionally and globally.

Migration (Migrants United and Act for Human Rights – MUAH)

Migration Programme aims to ensure women migrants enjoy substantive equality and are able to make informed choices about migration. The programme focuses on increasing capacities, voices and leadership of women migrants by conducting feminist organising training, Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR), strategic advocacy and supporting networks for collective migrants movement building, including the United for Foreign Domestic Workers’ Rights (UFDWR).

Grounding the Global (GG)

This programme monitors the development of regional and international mechanisms and policies to identify strategic advocacy opportunities for APWLD members and partners. It aims to ensure international and regional laws, norms, standards and procedures are both reflective of women’s human rights issues in Asia Pacific and are effectively utilised by women in the region. This programme builds on APWLD’s existing legacy in conducting annual Asia Pacific consultations with UN mandate holders. It continues to support the South east Asia Women’s Caucus on ASEAN.

Feminist Development Justice (FDJ)

This programme aims to bring about a shift in development policies and practices at local, national, regional and international levels. It challenges the traditional model of development and promotes Development Justice – a transformative framework that aims to reduce inequalities between countries, between rich and poor and between men and women. The programme prioritises developing capacities of women’s rights organisations to monitor and influence development initiatives and policies, including Sustainable Development Goals implementation, and demand accountability.

Women Interrogating Trade and Corporate Hegemony (WITCH)

This is the newest programme of APWLD which focuses on building the capacity of women’s rights organisations to understand the impact of trade and investments rules on women’s human rights; and increase the power of feminist movements to interrogate and halt the growing power of corporations. The programme works with APWLD members and other social movements to demand spaces and political decisions for trade and investment frameworks that promote, protect and fufill human rights and promote Development Justice.