Support to International Women’s Right Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW), Phase 2

Progetto concluso

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.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Diritti umani
Diritti dell'uomo (diritti delle donne inclusi)
Sviluppo legale e giudiziario
01.12.2016 - 30.06.2021
CHF  1’450’000

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.
Within the frame of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which has been ratified by Switzerland, the proposed initiative represents a concrete and substantive contribution to the promotion and protection of women’s human rights.
The core work of International Women’s Right Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW) centers around engaging with the CEDAW review process, as a key strategy for consolidating gains from international obligations and commitments on women’s human rights. Its work correspond perfectly with the Swiss Strategic priorities as outlined in Switzerland’s Federal Council Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017-2020, and the SDC Gender Equality Policy and the gender and women’s right related goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


IWRAW overall goal:
Greater awareness and enjoyment of gender equality with more state and non-state actors accountable for its achievement

SDC overall goal:
Strengthen gender equality and the rights of women and girls.

Gruppi target

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.

Effetti a medio termine

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
Outcome 2 – There are sustained, effective, coalitions and partnerships of women’s rights organizations at the national, regional and international levels, connecting also to the agenda of groups facing intersectional discrimination and marginalization.
Outcome 3 – The National Human Rights Institutions, the judiciary and government bodies are engaged with the substantive equality framework and there is a greater enabling legal and institutional environment for women’s access to justice in several countries.
Outcome 4 – International and regional standard setting intuitions integrate and comply with the substantive equality framework.

SDC: Outcome 5 - IWRAW organizational capacities are strengthened and its financial sustainability is secured.


Risultati principali attesi:  

  • 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.

SDC output:

  • IWRAW’s develops and implements a strategy to diversify its donor base and become financially sustainable.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

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.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
  • Settore privato svizzero

Altri partner

In descending order: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (expected), Oxfam, Open Society Foundation, OAK Foundation

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori
  • Gender Equality as a cross-cutting theme in all the SDC/East Asia Division programs
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    1’450’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’290’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 3 01.07.2021 - 31.12.2024   (Fase in corso)

Fase 2 01.12.2016 - 30.06.2021   (Completed)

Fase 1 01.04.2013 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)