The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is inviting women trade unions, workers’ groups and migrant workers groups in Asia and the Pacific to take part in Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) on Labour Rights programme that aims to strengthen the organising power of women workers and their unions to demand their labour rights and to further a system change for economic justice.

The FPAR journey will provide an opportunity to deeply investigate the situation of women workers in SEZs reflecting emerging challenges in the context of COVID-19 at local, national and regional levels.

To address the gap on the investigation and to improve the evidence-based advocacy through women labours’ rights perspective, APWLD will support six to eight to conduct Feminist Participatory Action Research on Labour Rights: “Women’s Labour Rights in the Special Economic Zones”.

Focus Areas

6-8 partner organisations will be selected to work with APWLD for 15 months (2020 – 2022) to investigate the women labours situation in SEZs, particularly zooming into the following three focus areas:

  • right to organise and freedom of association in SEZs
  • issues relating to Decent Work and Living Wage in the SEZs
  • sexual and gender-based violence in the SEZs.

Funding Information

APWLD will provide the selected organisations with a small grant to employ a young woman researcher and carry out the research including salary and on-costs with the approximate amount of US$ 13,000.

Selection Criteria

  • APWLD will select trade unions/local women’s organisations who will lead the FPAR on labour rights in six to eight countries in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Unions based in the Pacific are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • APWLD is seeking non-governmental, non-profit, local or national trade unions.
  • APWLD will consider the following when selecting the organisations for this process:
    • Sub-regional representation
    • Recommendations/ references from APWLD members
    • Diversity of Trade Unions, Workers’ Groups and Migrants Workers Organisations in Asia and the Pacific
    • Theme of the FPAR

For more information, visit APWLD.


Name of the Organisation
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
Grant Amount
USD 13,000
Closing date of Proposal
Thursday, 1 October, 2020
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