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Video: Concluding remarks at the Women’s Regional Network (WRN) Summit on Forcible Displacement and Gender in South Asia by Cecilia JIMENEZ-DAMARY, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


The Women’s Regional Network (WRN) hosted a Summit on Forcible Displacement and Gender in South Asia.

Read the Statement of Principles  &  Call for Action


WRN hosted a Summit on Forced Displacement and Gender in South Asia from February 27 - March 1, 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. WRN partnered with International Women's Rights Action Watch, Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP), to organise and host the summit. The Summit brought together 55 diverse stakeholders from 15 countries, mainly from South Asia but some from Europe and the US, to build upon WRN’s core work of giving visibility to the forcibly displaced and argue ‘Why Gender Matters.’

The Summit addressed the policy and practice gaps in meeting the needs and rights of women and girls whose voices are rarely heard and realities seldom considered. At the conclusion of the Summit, a South Asia Call for Action on Gender in Forcible Displacement was adopted. 
Call for Action was released on the occasion of World Refugee Day, 2019



Patricia Cooper
Rukhshanda Naz
Swarna Rajagopalan
Zarqa Yaftali
Abha Bhaiya
Farhat Asif
Judge Najla Ayoubi
Nimalka Fernando


Nargis Nehan
Palwasha Hassan
Sima Samar MD
Anis Haroon
Bushra Gohar
Hina Jilani
I. A. Rehman
Kishwar Sultana
Rita Manchanda
Saumya Uma
Syeda Hameed
Vrinda Grover 

International Women’s Rights Action Watch
Asia Pacific

International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP) is an independent, not for profit NGO based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia working to advance women’s rights globally, ensuring implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international human rights instruments at the national level. IWRAW AP has Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, is registered as a company limited by guarantee in Malaysia, and is led and managed by women from the global south.
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