Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) is a large voluntary activism network based in the Asia and Pacific Region who work on  Women’s Rights and the Advancement of Women. APWW is Non-Governmental Organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (since September 2007).

We represent sixty percent (60%) of the world’s women.

The Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) is a regional network of women’s groups which monitors and collaborates with the United Nations, national governments and non-government organizations (NGOs) in empowering women and advancing their human rights.

APWW is represented by five (5) sub-regions – Central Asia, East Asia, the Pacific, South Asia and South-East Asia and is also joined by representatives of each of three major international women’s networks: ARROW (Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women), Global Women’s Peace Network (GWPN), and feminist media organisation Isis International – Manila.

With the mission of achieving Gender Equality,  Women’s Human Rights, Sustainable Development and Peace, APWW aims to:

  • Monitor and lobby for Asia Pacific women’s perspectives to be included in international documents and processes;
  • Promote gender mainstreaming in all decision-making structures;
    Disseminate information on good practices and lessons learned in advancing the status of women;
  • Build capacity in communication technologies, media strategies and lobbying;
  • Enhance women’s leadership in peace-making;
    Advocate to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women;
  • Advocate for mainstreaming gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in SDGs;
  • Encourage sustainable rights-based development; and Strive for economic justice for women.

APWW Strategic Direction 2017 – 2021

APWW’s work provides valuable spaces for women’s Civil Society Organizations (WCSOs) to gather, share their analyses, formulate common positions, and strategize linked activities and actions on common issues.
As a network that continues to learn and evolve, APWW has raised the level of its involvement through the years, from providing research and analyses to participation and achieving high visibility inside official meetings. As APWW engages on UN Sustainable Development agenda it enables the network to carry forward the marginalized women’s voices inside official meetings.
APWW has 4 priority thematic areas for 2017-2021

  1. Promoting integration and mainstreaming of women’s rights and gender equality standalone goal of the Global Agenda 2030 into national sustainable development strategies and sustainable development action plans,
  2. Advocating mainstreaming Gender equality and Empowerment of women and girls into all goals national, regional sustainable development strategies and action-plan,
  3. Monitoring of implementation of BPFA commitments through SDG processes throughout in the Asia-Pacific region,
  4. Advocating for women CSOs effective engagement at all levels and all mechanisms/processes to achieve gender equality by 2030.