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    Myanmar’s new popularly-elected parliament sits for the first time this month. The landmark election in November last year resulted in a landslide victory by the National League for Democracy.

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    30 years

    Celebrating 30 years of women’s rights with our commemorative annual report.

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    Drought in Papua New Guinea

    As we are settling into 2016, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is in its ninth month of drought. And women are facing the brunt of it.

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    The Global Goals

    All 193 member states of the United Nations have committed to 17 Global Goals that will shape development for the next 15 years. For the first time, gender equality is a stand-alone focus and targeted across other goals.

  • United Sisterhood Alliance "

    Thank you

    With your support we’ve raised well over $60,000 to support women in Cambodia to break the cycle of exploitation. It means that we all start the New Year with new possibilities and opportunities.

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    Girls start ahead

    The system’s not designed for women to succeed.
    Let’s create one that is #equalfuture


Women have an equal right to be heard and make decisions. IWDA is committed to equal representation for women at all levels in political and public life. Unequal representation is the norm all over the globe. Inequality persists within governments, political parties, businesses, academia, NGOs and social organisations. This is a denial of women’s human rights. It holds all of us back, as it limits the information and ideas that shape policies, laws and budgets.


Women have an equal right to control resources and time. Women’s empowerment is not just about rights. It’s smart economics. Gender inequality costs the Asia Pacific region up to US$47 billion every year. When women are excluded from employment, or when their labour isn’t counted as part of the formal economy, we all miss out. If women had equal access to work opportunities, everyone in our region would benefit.


Women have an equal right to negotiate the terms of peace and to be free from personal violence. Violence against women is a violation of women’s human rights. It’s also a global pandemic. One in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. No country is immune. Here in Australia, a woman is killed by a current or former partner nearly every week. Violence against women is a severe barrier to women’s access of their rights across every area of life.

We partner with others in the Asia Pacific region to advance women's human rights
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