AJWRC monitors cases and policies that may violate women’s rights, run ad-hoc and long-term campaigns, and conduct researches and surveys for advocacy purposes. We also actively participate in international feminist debates and campaigns.
• Statements, letters and press release
Also see Record of AJWRC Activities
• Advocacy Work within the UN Human Rights Mechanisms
AJWRC is a NGO with special consultative status with ECOSOC granted in 2000.
The sixth periodical review of Japan of CEDAW (2009)
The sixth periodical review of Japan’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)was conducted on July 23, 2009 in New York. AJWRC worked as a member organization of Japan NGO network for CEDAW (JNNC) on sending alternative reports and lobbying to the Committee members and the government.
Universal Periodic Review of Japan (2008)
The first review of human rights situations in Japan under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was held on May 9, 2008 in the second session of the UN Human Rights Council. AJWRC submitted a NGO report on violation of women’s rights and also jointly submitted two other NGO reports.
during the session, AJWRC delivered the following statements jointly with World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)
- AJWRC-OMCT joint statement to urge Japanese Government to act on recommendations on the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery
- AJWRC-OMCT joint statement on the need of follow-up for ensuring human rights of women, especially in the framework of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.
The First Review of Japan at the UN Committee Against Torture (2007)
For the two-day period starting from May 9, 2007, the United Nations Committee Against Torture (the “Committee”) held its 38th session and reviewed the initial report of Japan. AJWRC coordinated submission of a NGO report on violation of women’s rights with support of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), and attended the session for lobbying.
• Press Coverage
- Victims finally learning to speak out against Japan’s outdated rape laws By Karryn Cartelle (Japan Today) 2008/4/22
- Au Japon,contre les viols des soldats am?ricains, les femmes lancent un cri d’alarme By Patrice NOVOTNY (AFP) 2008/3/10
- Respect Women Before Setting Up Military Bases By Suvendrini Kakuchi (IPS) 2007/1/31
- Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center: Fighting for gender equality on all fronts(Metropolis) 2011/12/9