Australia now accedes to the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (adopted by other nations in 2000).
CLICK on www.womenalliance.org to read the inaugural speech by the President of the International Women’s Alliance.
Australia takes up a seat on the UN Women executive board from 2013. The then Foreign Minister Bob Carr said it would provide a unique opportunity to increase the profile of issues facing women in the Pacific, in particular the prevalence of violence against women. “When I met with Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, I reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to the cause of gender equality,” Senator Carr said.
March 2012. Australia presented its country statement at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, stating that the Australian Government has sent a distinguished delegation to the Commission, where it is also hosting three events focusing on the needs of rural women and rural women with disabilities. CLICK here to see WEL’s letter of congratulation to Tanya Plibersek, then Minister for Housing, Minister for the Status of Women. Government outlines gender equality plan to UN Commission on the Status of Women, the principal global policy-making body dedicated to promoting the advancement of women. Representatives of over 190 countries gathered for the annual meeting. The Federal Government outlined its pursuit of greater gender equality when the then Minister for the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek, delivered Australia’s country statement. Ms Plibersek outlined Australia’s pursuit of three priority areas for advancing gender equality: improving women’s economic prosperity and financial independence, ensuring women’s voices are heard at all levels of decision making and reducing violence against women.
Chinese Delegation – March 2011.
Representatives of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China requested to meet with WEL members for the purpose of learning about our organisation and how we lobby governments, under the China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation (HRTC) Program. We met with this group, which included several women, and spent a pleasant couple of hours outlinng WEL’s achievements with the help of an interpreter. A very interesting meeting overall. Click to see the photo.
International Alliance of Women (IAW).
Lobbying by women’s groups throughout the world about the gender mainstreaming has resulted in the International Criminal Court issuing Red Notices for the arrest of five individuals for multiple counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, abduction, sexual crimes, rape and child conscription in Uganda, Sudan and the Congo. In spite of various criticisms the ICC is an historic institution in terms of women’s rights. For the first time in international law, the Rome Treaty establishing the ICC recognised sexual and gender violence as crimes against humanity. Sexual and gender crimes are defined by the Treaty to include rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilisation, and other sexual violence.
nd to violence in the Middle East. CLICK here for details
What is IAW and how is WEL involved? CLICK here for more information. There was a Conference of the IAW in Melbourne in October 2012.
The meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held in New York and agendas for further meetings are summarised in the attached Word documents.
To see the interesting report from Tammy Williams, the Aboriginal barrister who was part of the official delegation CLICK here. To see the official report for the Australian Delegation CLICK here