The International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)
was organized in 1985 at the Third World Conference on Women in
Nairobi, Kenya, to promote recognition of women’s human rights under the
United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW),
an international human rights treaty. IWRAW was founded on the belief
that the human rights of women and girls are essential to development
and that equality between women and men will only be achieved through
use of international human rights principles and processes. Since its
inception, IWRAW’s program has expanded to encompass advocacy for
women’s human rights under all the international human rights treaties.
IWRAW operates as an international resource and communications
center that serves activists, scholars, and organizations throughout
the world. IWRAW is directed by Dr. Marsha A. Freeman and is based at
the University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA,
affiliated with the University’s Human Rights Center.
eds Marsha A. Freeman, Christine Chinkin, Beate Rudolf,
Oxford University Press, 2012.
“The foundational assumption of the Commentary is that CEDAW, its
Optional Protocol, and the work of the Committee matter. . . . The
Commentary will serve human rights scholars and students, gender
activists, policy makers, and the wider international law community for
decades to come.?
– Lisa R. Pruitt, IntlLawGrrls blog
“ . . . a model of meticulous research, thoughtful critique and unwavering commitment
to social justice.?
– Julia L. Ernst, Melbourne Journal of International Law